19-yr-old sentenced to death for murdering husband who raped her

19-yr-old sentenced to death for murdering husband who raped her

19-yr-old sentenced to death for murdering husband who raped her

There, 19-year-old Noura Hussein was sentenced to death Thursday for the stabbing death of her husband, whom she says she was made to marry and who then raped her with the help of his family.

She was reported to have refused exual encounter with her husband, and after several attempts within the week, her husband's tactics became increasingly aggressive. Meanwhile, Change.org also launched an online petition on her behalf. Nura's father persuaded her to return home, however, as soon as the girl crossed the threshold of his father's house, as it is handed over to the legal wife. When she went to her parents for support, they turned her in to the police. Forced child marriage and marital rape are not considered crimes in Sudan.

"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.

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. "His brother and two cousins tried to reason with her, when she refused she was slapped and ordered into the room". The husband attempted to rape her again the following day, which is when she stabbed him to death.

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"On 2 May 2017, the three men held Noura Hussein down while Abdulrahman raped her", Amnesty International said.

The teen's lawyer said that this case has challenged societal expectations that Sudanese women should submit to their husbands. In May, Noura alleged Hammad's cousins held her down as he raped her, according to BuzzFeed News.

Shahd Hamza, 20, was among those who came to support Hussein in court, after hearing about her case in a group chat on WhatsApp. "Marital rape happens in Sudan often and people don't talk about it", he said. Her case, they say, sheds light on a culture that subjects women to male violence, and a broken justice system that renders many women powerless.

"People shy away from this conversation in Sudan, it's a taboo", she said. Across social media, Sudanese activists and supporters in Europe, Australia and Washington have rallied around Hussein. "The suffering of Sudanese women is happening all the time", Gabralla said.

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