Target: President of Nigeria Goodluck Jonathan
Goal: Ban child marriages in Nigeria
A 14-year-old is on trial for murdering her 35-year-old husband two weeks after their wedding. The girl, who was sysmetically abused by her husband, was forced to wed by her parents. Girls her age should not be married off, they should be in school where they can learn to better themselves. Tell the president of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, that this treatment of girls is unacceptable and child marriages should be banned immediately.
Wasila Tais’u was only 14 when she was forced to wed her 35-year-old husband Umar Sani. With no school in her village, Tais’u’s parents wanted to get rid of her and did so by marrying her off. On the night of the girl’s wedding, Tais’u was tied down to her husband’s bed and raped. She was not released until the following morning. Unfortunately, Nigeria has a child marriage rate of 39 percent, and many of these girls do not have a say in these marriages.
In response to her marriage and her husband’s abuse, Tais’u laced her husband’s food with rat posion, killing him and three others. The girl is now on trial and if convicted she could be sentenced to death. These events would have not occurred if Tais’u was sent to a school and not forced into a marriage. Faced with the consequences of death, Tais’u has become fearful.
Child marriages are against human rights. They deny women the opportunity to receive an education and place girls at a higher risk of domestic abuse. Girls who are pregnant before they are 18 face many complications and possible death when giving birth. President Goodluck Jonathan needs to end this cruel practice, and you can ban child marriages by signing this petition.
Dear President Goodluck Jonathan,
A 14-year-old girl is on trial for killing her husband and three other people with rat poison. This case has been further complicated with the fact that this girl was forced into a marriage. Her parents wished to get rid of her, and they did so by marrying her off. This is a grave human rights violation, as this girl did not have a say in this event. The husband then proceeded to bind and rape her.
I am writing this letter imploring you to ban the cruel practice of child marriages. These girls deserve to be in school, where they can learn and feel empowered. This teenager was placed in a position where her life was in danger, and the only way she could free herself from the marriage was ending her husband’s life. Please ban the cruel practice of child marriages immediately.
[Your Name Here]
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