The story of Rukkayya, the wife of late Taraba lawmaker, Abdulmumini Dame, is bringing to light the experiences of many childless women after the death of their husbands. Just weeks after the death of her husband, her in-laws sent her packing for not bearing a child.
She said her in-laws often harassed her for not conceiving and after her husband’s death; she was threatened and bullied and accused of bringing bad luck to the family, and eventually thrown out of the house.
“As you can see I’m in Takaba (for the 40 days mourning period) but they didn’t allow me to observe it in this house and kept insulting, threatening me,” she said.
Rukkayya also explained that her in-laws didn’t allow her husband to be buried the Islamic way; rather, his burial was done the traditional way with the claim that he was not a Muslim.
According to her, she married her husband after he converted to Islam nine years ago.
She has now has since filed a suit seeking redress
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