It was an unforgettable night for 36 year-old Mercy Nnamdi of Lagos Nigeria, when she was abruptly awoken with a sharp pain. Thinking it was a nightmare, she immediately opened her eyes to discover that it was no one but her husband who had placed a hot iron on her back. The moment she turned to face him, he then put the iron on her chest. Wanting to defend herself, she put her hands up but he put the hot iron on her hands as well.
It sounds like something out of a horror movie but unfortunately this is the situation Mercy faced as her husband repeatedly planted the hot iron on several parts of her body. His reason? He accused his wife of sleeping with his father and would not stop torturing her until she “told him the truth.”
What makes this story even more heartbreaking is that her husband had recently been accused of allegedly killing their one year old. As stated earlier, never in her wildest imagination would she have thought that a man she has come to love and respect all her life would do something such as this, especially being accused of sleeping with her father-in-law.
As you can imagine Mercy is going through excruciating pains in a private hospital where doctors are desperately struggling to save her life. Medical reports have stated that she sustained third degree burns from the hot iron her husband had used on her. Her burns are so bad that she can only sleep on her back, wears adult diapers and constantly has a tissue by her side to help clean the fluid that drains from her burns.
So one would wonder, didn’t anyone hear her cries for help when all of this was happening? Well according to her neighbors, this has become a daily occurrence so they didn’t feel the need to respond to her cries.
In her own narration of the whole entire incident, Mary stated, “It all happened on a Saturday. I had prepared boiled yam, awaiting the arrival of my husband. After a long wait, I decided to eat mine and left his on the table. He came back few minutes to 11pm and went straight to bed. Then at about 1 a.m., power was restored and he went to put off the power generating set and switched over to electricity.After that, he started ironing his customers’ clothes because he is a dry cleaner.I was later woken up by the cry of our one-year-old baby who apparently needed breast milk.
All the while, we were outside before power was restored. Before retiring inside, I took my bath and fetched water for him to have his.As he planted the hot iron hard on my flesh, he would use a screw driver to peel off the flesh. At a point, I became too weak to shout. I begged him to stop but he would not. Rather, he would ask me to tell him how many times his father slept with me. Even in pains, I begged him to listen to himself and imagine what he was saying.” To make matters worse, Mercy is now faced with tremendous hospital bills in which she is unable to pay on her own.
I cannot imagine someone, let alone your own husband doing this to their own wife. Jealousy and insecurity are dangerous attributes to have when not addressed properly. For Mercy’s husband, he felt the best way to handle this situation was to burn his wife into telling him the truth, which he does not even know if the allegations placed on his wife is true or not. I’m very disappointed, disgusted and in extreme shock as to this whole thing.
Should this situation had happened to someone in your family, how do you feel you would go about it?