Teenager gets death sentence for killing husband who raped her

Image by Rodrigues Pozzebom

Image by Rodrigues Pozzebom

According to the lawyer condemned, Ahead Cebeira, 19-year-old Noor Hussein was married at age 15, but soon after the ceremony ran away from her husband for three years and was hiding in the house of a relative.

He tried to rape her again the next day but she grabbed the knife he frequently used to threaten her and stabbed him to death. Over 140,000 people have also signed a petition to help her, which you can sign here.

"Noura's lawyers say they plan to appeal against the decision, but we also need strong global support from organisations such as the African Union, the United Nations and the European Union to support her". She is to be hanged to death as a punishment, a verdict her lawyers could appeal within the next 15 days.

According to BuzzFeed News, Noura was forced to marry Abdulrahman Mohamed Hammad by her father when she was 16. In April of a year ago, her family convinced her to return to their home in the outskirts of Khartoum, Sudan's capital. Hussein's case had changed that, he said.

Campaign groups such as Equality Now say they are writing to Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir to plead for clemency, arguing that the judgement is against the Sudanese constitution. Outside the court, where the case is heard Nura Hussein, gathered hundreds of its supporters. A team of Sudanese activists are organising a protest at the US Capitol in Washington on Saturday. "Marital rape happens in Sudan often and people don't talk about it", he said.

"The case of Noura is different".

"The Sudanese authorities must abolish this grossly unfair sentence and to ensure that Nura was given a fair re-trial, which takes account of her mitigating circumstances", - said human rights activists.

Sudan is marked 165 out of 188 in the United Nations Development Programme's Gender Development Index, which quantifies gender inequality using income levels, political representation, reproductive health, maternal mortality rates and other measures.

The execution of a young woman, a victim of gender based violence, the group wrote, "is a regress in the eyes of worldwide law and an irreparable damage for Sudan's and perhaps more broadly Africa's global reputation". She said that while the rape and harassment of women had always been an issue in Sudan, a case like Hussein's had never gone viral.

The court sentenced the woman to death.

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