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Divorce: Court Grants Woman Leave To Breastfeed Baby For 20 Months As Dowry Repayment To Ex Husband


A woman in Rigasa, Kaduna State has been granted leave by a Sharia Court to breast feed her daughter for 20 months as repayment of dowry to her ex-husband in a divorce suit.

Bilikisu Abdullahi, the divorcee, asked the court to dissolve of her marriage.

The court said, in the next 20 months, Bilikisu would pay a novel penalty after she got her marriage dissolved.

It was learnt by elombah.com that the judge, Malam Salisu Abubaka Tureta, made the ruling after Bilkisu prayed the court to dissolve her marriage to Abdullahi Adamu through Khul’I, otherwise known as redemption.

Khul’i is a form of divorce where a wife returns the dowry she collected from the husband.
The complainant, who was represented by her counsel Sagir Salisu, told the court that she received N80,000 as dowry from the defendant but wants to breastfeed their daughter for 20 months in place of that money.

The defendant was not in court and did not send any representative or letter to state the reasons for his absence after being served personally.

The judge said that the court would proceed with the hearing in accordance with Order 9, Rule 3 of the Shari’a Civil Procedure Rules.

“I hereby dissolve the union between Abdullahi Adamu and Bilkisu Adamu through Khul’I and she will breastfeed her daughter for 20 months.

“Anyone who is not okay with the ruling can appeal to the Upper Shari’a court within 30 days“, The judge ruled.

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