Woman sentenced to death for the murder of her husband

Woman sentenced to death for the murder of her 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.

A teenage girl in Sudan who killed a man who tried raping her has been sentenced to death. 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.

"Noura Hussein is a victim and the sentence against her is an intolerable act of cruelty", Amnesty International's deputy regional director Seif Magango said in the statement. A change.org petition has also got thousands of signatures.

After Hussein refused to consummate the marriage, her husband's relatives held her down while he raped her. When she refused to consumate the marriage, her husband invited two of his brothers and a male cousin to help him rape her, the rights group said.

Her lawyer has 15 days to appeal and is planning to do so.

Noura Hussein, 19, was given the death penalty by a judge on Thursday after the family of her husband rejected the possibility of financial compensation, the Guardian reported. "Noura has been raped by her husband".

The judgment has raised concerns over the justice system in Sudan, especially when it comes to marital rape. Across social media, Sudanese activists and supporters in Europe, Australia and Washington have rallied around Hussein.

Shahd Hamza, 20, was among those who came to support Hussein in court, after hearing about her case in a group chat on WhatsApp. "She stood for her rights".

Sudan is ranked 165 out of 188 countries on the U.N.'s Gender Inequality Index, which measures how women fare compared to men when it comes to access to health, education, political participation and employment opportunities. "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". 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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