In a culture where education for women was not valued, a woman’s pursuit of her great-aunt’s legacy and her right to education led her to sue her parents for spending her savings account on her brother’s wedding, causing a rift in her family and community.
A Good Woman
The woman was the recipient of a savings account set up by their great-aunt for all of her female relatives. In their culture, education for women was not really valued, and their great-aunt thought that was rubbish. She funded the education of as many of her nieces and grandnieces as she could.
When their great-aunt passed away, she left money for every girl relative she could. The woman’s parents managed to access the accounts that were set up for them and used it to pay for their brother’s wedding.
Her Sister Didn’t Care
The woman’s sister didn’t care because she got married two years out of high school and had no intention of going to college.
It Was All Gone!
When the woman graduated and went to the bank to get money for college, they found out that almost all of the money was gone. They asked their parents about it, and they said they had needed the money.
She Was Livid
The woman finally found out where the money went and was furious. She got student loans and moved out. She is currently suing her parents for the money that was left for her, and her entire family is against her.
A Real Jerk
Her family thinks that she is a complete jerk for airing private family business in public and putting money ahead of family.
However, her friends are on her side, but they are all Americans and don’t really understand her culture. Neither does the woman, to be honest.
Should She Trust Him?
Her brother called her up and offered to pay for her university fees if she drops the lawsuit. The woman agreed as long as they had a legally binding contract. Her brother said that she was being a jerk for not trusting him, but the woman reminded him that he should not have accepted their money for his wedding.
The situation is causing all kinds of embarrassment in their community, and the woman is somewhat ashamed to be doing this, but she doesn’t want to have this debt that she should not have.
The Internet Responded
One commenter said, “Your parents didn’t borrow your money. They stole it. I hope you have all the documents to show that money was yours.”
More Internet Opinions
This person wrote, “A wedding for their SON of all people! The aunt specifically left the money to the girls for this reason. So the daughters of her family won’t be overlooked. I’m no lawyer, but it seems that taking money — any amount — for any reason other than the benefit of the child meant to be the recipient is illegal.”
A Final Comment
This last person wrote, “I wonder what is more shameful in their community, that they are poor (or at least not rich enough to afford a big wedding) or that they stole from their daughter and are thieves?”
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