Teen bride to hang for killing hubby who raped her

Teen bride to hang for killing hubby who raped her

Teen bride to hang for killing hubby who raped her

19-year-old, Noura Hussein Hammad was handed a death sentence by a Sudanese court for killing the man her father forced her to marry, the rights group said in a statement.

On social media, the campaign to create awareness of Noura's case and push for the reversal of the judgment is ongoing with the #justiceforNoura.

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 is a victim and the sentence against her is an intolerable act of cruelty", said Amnesty representative Seif Magango. As of about 4 p.m. on May 11, more than 136,000 people had signed the Change.org petition asking for Noura to be spared from the death penalty.

She kept refusing her husband's attempt to have sex with her and after six days, he got his cousins to hold her down as he raped her.

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When her husband tried to rape her again, she stabbed him to death.

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.

Her legal team has at least 15 days to appeal the judgement. Equality Now, a non-governmental organization established in 1992 to work for the protection and promotion of the human rights of women and girls around the world, has prepared a letter to Sudan's president on Hussein's behalf, requesting that she be pardoned.

The judgment has raised concerns over the justice system in Sudan, especially when it comes to marital rape. Outside the court, where the case is heard Nura Hussein, gathered hundreds of its supporters. But Hussein's case was different. "The death penalty is the ultimate cruel, inhuman, and degrading punishment, and to apply it to a rape victim only highlights the failure of the Sudanese authorities to acknowledge the violence she endured".

Marital rape and child marriage, for example, are not considered crimes in the predominately Muslim African nation. 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.

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