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Mother forces teenage daughter to marry 40-year-old man so he cares for the girl when she dies

By Mason White 3:51 PM February 6, 2017
Bride and groom (illustration)

A mother claims that she married off her daughter to an older man out of concern and love for the child.

The 44-year-old mother of Zimbabwe, was sentenced to five months in prison after forcing her teenage daughter to marry a 40-year-old man.

The mother, who was not identified to protect the identity of her daughter, claimed that she married off her 15-year-old daughter to “secure her future when she was no longer alive.”

The mother told the court that she contracted a serious illness that could lead to her sudden death. She did not want to leave her daughter with no one to take care of her.

The court also heard that the mother forced her daughter to marry Jelias Nyika, but the girl refused.

However, the mother took her daughter to Nyika’s house, where they allegedly got married.

The mother then stood at the door of her new son-in-law’s house so that her daughter cannot run away while Nyika raped her.

The case came to light after the teen’s grandmother reported the matter to the police, leading to the arrest of the mother and the groom.

Nyika was sentenced to 24 months in prison after pleading guilty to a charge of having sex with a minor while the mother was sentenced to five months in prison.

Last year, Zimbabwe’s Constitutional Court banned marrying children under 18 years old.