Noura Hussein Sentenced to Death For Killing Her Rapist

Hannah Rogers
May 13, 2018

Concise News learnt that the legal age for marriage in Sudan is 10.

Sodfa Daaji tweeted "The court is full".

Noura Hussein says her father made her contractually marry her cousin when she was 16, but she refused to accept the union and sought refuge with a relative for three years. Al-Imam volunteered to represent the teen after her original lawyer took themselves off the case.

The family handed her over to the police. A change.org petition has also got thousands of signatures.

Noura Hussein, 19, was forced into marriage by her parents three years ago and had initially fled her husband, refusing to consummate the marriage, lawyer Ahmed Sebair said by telephone. When the two were alone the next day and he attempted to rape her again, she managed to grab a knife he had used to threaten her and stabbed him to death with it.

For the first time in the history of the Sudan the public came to the protection of women sentenced to death for the murder of her husband, the Washington Post reported. "One held her chest and head, the others held her legs", Al-Imam told CNN. "Noura has been raped by her husband". Later, she was sent to her husband's family, despite her father's claims that the marriage was cancelled.

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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. "Marital rape happens in Sudan often and people don't talk about it", he said. People gathered to support Noura for her last trial.

"The case of Noura is different".

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).

UN Women says violence against women and girls is considered prevalent.

"Noura Hussein's life-long wish was to become a teacher but she ended up being forced to marry an abusive man who raped and brutalised her", Magango added. The family of the victim chooses the punishment for the murderer, demanding either pardon, or monetary compensation, or the death penalty.

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