Man to get 80 strokes of cane for calling sister-in-law prostitute

A Sharia Court sitting  at Magajin Gari, Kaduna,  on Monday ordered  that  one Shuaibu Umar be given 80 strokes of cane for calling his sister-in-law, Suwaiba Abdulkadir,  a prostitute.

Abdulkadir,  who had filled a case of defamation  against her brother in-law,  told the court that Umar called her a prostitute after a misunderstanding they had.

” Shuaibu is my husband’s younger brother and  we had a misunderstanding;   we exchanged  words and he called me a prostitute.

” I want this honourable  court to grant me justice as what my brother-in-law said about me has tarnished my image,’’  she said.

The defendant, who did not  deny calling his sister-in-law a prostitute,  added  that he spoke in anger and had no regrets.

“I was hurt when she called me a drug addict and a thief, that was why I called her  a prostitute and I won’t go back on my words,’’ he said.

The judge, Malam Dahiru Lawal, ruled that Umar be given 80 lashes of cane after giving the defendant a chance to withdraw his  statement.

“The defendant confirmed calling his sister-in-law a prostitute and is  not ready to withdraw the statement;  therefore, I,  Dahiru Lawal,  rule  that Shuaibu Umar be given 80 strokes of cane.

“This is in accordance with the teachings of Prophet Muhammad which state  that one cannot accuse a person of adultery or fornication except he presents four witnesses who have seen the activity.

” He is to receive  80 strokes of cane in place of the person he accused  because he has defamed  the person’s character,’’ the judge said.

(NAN)

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