Should the dignity of the girl-child remain a Pun in the hands of the King & Queen

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Should the dignity of the girl-child remain a Pun in the hands of the King & Queen

Mr. Ndagi and his wife, Adama looked back and cursed the day they promised off their unborn daughter to a sly monster in exchange for few notes of the Naira for their survival. Their 12-year-old daughter, Asabe was kidnapped, drugged, and raped for days by 45-year old Badigi whom her parents had betrothed her to. He was her parents supposed ‘benefactor’ whom she never knew about. Badigi decided, his betrothed had begun to attain puberty, and if not impregnated on time, may end up with another man. Badigi owned up to the act and ready to take home his “Bride.” According to tradition, a man has authority over a promised bride and can take her away once she attains maturity; Badigi has committed no crime in the face of culture.

This is the typical situation some girls from very poor backgrounds find themselves in Niger State of Nigeria, as revealed during the Women-Led Integrated Protection Action Against Gender Based Violence project implementation by ActionAid Nigeria,…



Source: Linda Ikeji