A Kenyan woman who blackmailed her uncircumcised husband into becoming her obedient servant with threats to reveal that his penis was intact finally forced him under the knife when he became unruly.
The couple had been happily married for two years, and had two children by their marriage.
However, the husband concealed a dark secret: his penis had somehow escaped the ritual mutilation prescribed, and remained unharmed, a fact he was desperate to keep from common knowledge lest he be forced under the surgeon’s knife by a less than liberal community.
His secret became known to his wife on the day of their marriage. She was disgusted and highly upset that he had not been properly cut, and accused him of deception.
Desperate, the husband managed to persuade to keep it quiet, but in exchange she demanded he do whatever he could to please her, including taking her on excursions to Mombasa, shopping, etc.
He would even resort to borrowing money to satisfy her, but when paying for their children’s school fees became an issue, he could no longer afford to pamper her, and soon became desperately accommodating, anything to avoid the knife.
The stress soon mounted, and he turned to drink, eventually being expelled from church and irritating his wife to the extent that she began to want revenge.
He finally cracked, and indulged in a spot of wife-beating after she failed to cook for their children.
This was the moment she had sought: she called out that her uncircumcised husband was beating her, and soon onlookers gathered (attracted by the accusation of him not being circumcised, rather than the wife-beating).
The man fled and locked himself in their house, but soon a mob formed and broke into his house, dragging him into the street and tearing off his clothes, where his intact penis was confirmed.
The crowd was outraged, and took no notice as the man covered himself and screamed that he really had been circumcised.
They demanded he be circumcised there and then in the street, but community elders decided to be merciful, so instead had his wife and some strong young men drag him to a dispensary.
The wife in her turn soon encountered problems explaining why she had allowed the hideous secret to be kept…
Some might be tempted to brush this off as a humourous tale, but give some thought to how the tale might read if the wife was the uncircumcised one being stripped in the street and dragged to the dispensary to have parts of her initmate anatomy removed, as is the custom in parts of Africa…