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Father forces his 13-year-old daughter to marry man who gang raped her

By Mason White 5:29 PM January 14, 2015
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By: Tanya Malhotra
Child advocacy groups in Nigeria, are outraged after a father forced his young girl to marry a man who was involved in gang raping her.

Malam Ya’u of Kano, said that he has given his 13-year-old daughter to one of the four men who gang raped.

The Kano State Police Department said that Usaini Ja’afar, Sani Isa, Jamilu Sani, and Isa Musa, were arrested after they were found naked in an unfinished building shortly after they had raped the 13-year-old girl.

The suspects all confessed to the crime. During police questioning, Ja’afar expressed his desire to marry the girl. He also asked the father to give him his blessings.

Ya’u said that since all four suspects showed remorse, he decided against pressing charges of rape. Ja’afar came to the girl’s home with his uncle, and requested to marry the girl.

The father gave his blessings and scheduled a wedding date.

Ya’u also said that he discussed the matter with a religious leader, who said that it was a good idea for the girl to marry her rapist.

Child advocacy groups are demanding that officials stop the planned marriage and prosecute the four suspects for rape.