Noura Hussein Sentenced to Death For Killing Her Rapist

Activists Take To Twitter As Teenager Is Sentenced To Death For Killing Unwanted Husband

Activists Take To Twitter As Teenager Is Sentenced To Death For Killing Unwanted Husband

In recent years, women and children's rights activists have increasingly campaigned against forced marriages of girls and marriage of underage girls, a widespread phenomenon in Sudan given that Sudanese law allows children over the age of 10 to marry.

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A Sudanese woman has been sentenced to death for stabbing and killing her husband, who raped her as his relatives held her down, the media reported on Friday. Al-Imam volunteered to represent the teen after her original lawyer took themselves off the case.

Petitions appealing for Norma's release such as Change.org and Avaaz.com are being widely circulated on social media platforms and have gathered tens of thousands of signatures.

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When Hussein returned to her home in Khartoum, Ms Hussein says she refused to consummate the marriage, resisting her husband for the first four days. When he tried to rape her again the following day, she stabbed him to death and escaped to her parents, who handed her to the police.

She sought refuge in her aunt from the marriage for three years, only to be tricked by her father who handed her over to her husband.

"Noura Hussein's death sentence violates her rights under the Sudanese constitution and worldwide law", Equality Now's letter stated.

After six days she says he recruited some of his cousins who allegedly held her down as he raped her. Groups such as Equality Now are writing to Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir to plead for clemency. He added that Hussein was abandoned not only by the law, but also by her family. But Hussein's case was different.

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Sudan ranks 165 of 188 countries on the United Nations Gender Inequality Index 2017, an index that measures women's access to resources and services compared to men, and the country has not yet signed the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).

"The death penalty is the ultimate cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment and to apply it to a victim only highlights the failure of the Sudanese authorities to acknowledge the violence she endured", Magango said.

Because Noura was a victim of rape, many are calling for her release, and for her not to be punished at all.

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