The Magajin Gari Sharia Court II, Kaduna on Monday ordered a `house wife’ and her parents to appear before it on Sept. 24, for marrying a comatose husband.
Hadiza Mainasara of Kabala Costain, Kaduna had gone to the court asking it to direct the younger brother of `her husband’ to be remitting the salary of her sick husband to her.
The court was told that Mainasara, the husband had been in a vegetative state for five years and throughout the period, Badamasi Ahmad, the younger brother had been collecting his monthly salary without remitting anything to her.
The court was, however, taken aback when in his testimony, the defendant said the woman, who was divorced from her husband, only returned to the matrimonial home a year ago.
Ahmad said since her return, he has been giving her N60,000 monthly from the salary as directed by his father.
The presiding officer, Khadi Ibrahim Mohammed who heard that Mainasara “can neither walk, talk or recognise anybody for three years”, demanded to know from the woman how long she had been married to him, and she said one year.
Hadiza explained that she was asked by her in-laws to return to the house to take care of the man and the six children she bore for him before their divorce.
She told the court that a dowry of N10,000 was paid by her husband’s father to contract the marriage.
At this point, Mohammed said it was against Islamic law to contract marriage with a sick person who cannot recognise anybody.
He, therefore, directed the complainant, her parents and the parents of her husband to appear before the court on Sept. 24, to determine why the marriage was contracted against the provisions of the law. [NAN]