I’m tired of covering my body with black cloth – Woman tells court

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A woman in Ilorin told a court to dissolve her two year marriage because she refused to stay in purdah, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.


The purdah practice requires married Muslim women to stay in separate rooms, behind a curtain or dress in all-enveloping clothes, in other to stay out of the sight of men or strangers.

But Azanat Bashiru told the court that Mumin Bashiru, her husband of two years and father of their two children, did not tell her before they got married in 2014 that she would be put in purdah.

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“This is not in our agreement. I cannot be covering my body with black cloth, including my eyes, all of the time,’’ she said.

Mumin did not raise any objection.

“If she doesn’t agree to be in purdah, she is free to go,’’ he said.

But he demanded custody of their two children.

The court, however, adjourned hearing till a date be communicated.

5 thoughts on “I’m tired of covering my body with black cloth – Woman tells court

  1. The purda thing is a silly and sensless acient practice that should have no place in this modern world
    It's down to the youths to take their own fate in their hands and break free from this primitive Middle East culture

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  2. It is so so unfair on the women having to give up everything in the name of marriage.
    Where is the LOVE in the heart of the husband. Has he ever considered the kind of inconvenience and heat she will have to endure covering up with black clothes ALL of the time, especially during extreme heat.
    This is slavery and bondage. Living like that ALL THE REST of her life.

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