JUBA, JUNE 2, 2023 (SUDANS POST) – A female lawyer is longing for justice after her husband – a member of the transition council of states – beat her in front of other lawmakers after asking to see her children who have been in the custody of the husband since last year.
Maulana Josephine Adhet Deng told Sudans Post on Thursday that she had separated from Honorable Faustino Atem Gualdit – with whom she has two children – last year after a family dispute that witnessed intervention of other members of their families.
“I separated from him in June 2022 and moved away from the family house. This was due to a long unresolved misunderstanding between ourselves,” she said.
“I raised that issue at the level of the community and family members, but it went unsolvable from my husband’s side. He refused to listen to anyone,” she added.
Adhet said that that Hon. Atem has denied her access to the children and when she got a court summon on the matter, she beat the lawyer at the premise of the Council of States in front of other members of parliament.
“From that time, he took the custody of the children and denied me access, visitation and communication with my children up to date,” she added.
The female lawyer said she was forced in 2002 to marry Hon. Atem who was 42 at the time when she was just 8 years old. She said that she filed for divorce in December 2022 and has since been harassed and attacked by the lawmaker several times.
“In December 2022, I filed for divorce in the Juba Court. But he has since defied court orders including to allow me see the children and when he received a court summon about the children, he attacked me and beat me at the premise of the Council of States and ordered his son who works in the NSS to kill me,” she said.
“So, I am in the process of divorce first and the criminal case it already opened against him and his son. My children are living with a group of 50 strangers. People I don’t know and who are not related to myself and my children. The court must do something,” she added.
South Sudan is one of the many countries were women have difficulties accessing justice. Domestic violence is one of the many problems facing women in the country and many women have been forced to marry at a young age.