19-year-old sentenced to death for killing husband over rape

by Jared Lewis May 13, 2018, 19:14
19-year-old sentenced to death for killing husband over rape

She was 16 when she was forced to get married. When she finished high school in April she was forced to move in with him.

"She would not have sex with the man".

Thereafter, she went home after she was deceived that the wedding had been cancelled.

"To Noura's credit, she is a feisty girl, she is a girl who wanted her education and wanted to do good in the world and she has been trapped in the situation and is now a victim of this system". She moved into his home previous year, but reportedly refused to have sex with him.

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. While her hands held her husband's family, so she can't get out. "One held her chest and head, the others held her legs", Al-Imam told CNN.

"The next morning he tried to rape her again but she managed to escape to the kitchen where she grabbed a knife".

Her lawyer has 15 days to appeal and is planning to do so. A court in Sudan called it murder.

The terrified young woman has support from hundreds of protesters. Across social media, Sudanese activists and supporters in Europe, Australia and Washington have rallied around Hussein.

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

The petition helps get the attention of media, as well as worldwide (human rights) organizations.

Hussein has been held in a women's prison in Omdurman, Sudan's second-largest city, since May 2017.

But a Sudanese Sharia court, using Islamic religious law convicted the teenager and found her guilty of premeditated murder.

Concise News learnt that the legal age for marriage in Sudan is 10. The man's family Nury requires that the death sentence was carried out. They say that people who had gathered outside the courthouse with anti-death penalty signs were beaten by state security troops, notorious for abuse in Sudan's police state.

Sodfa Daaji tweeted "The court is full". Al-Imam volunteered to represent the teen after her original lawyer took themselves off the case.

The group pleaded with worldwide human rights leaders to interfere in the sentence. Meanwhile, Change.org also launched an online petition on her behalf. "We have to fight for her", said political activist Amjad Fareed in a Facebook post on Saturday. But Hussein's case was different. He added that his client wasn't only abandoned by the law, but also by her family.

The execution of a young woman, a victim of gender based violence, the group wrote, "is a regress in the eyes of global law and an irreparable damage for Sudan's and perhaps more broadly Africa's worldwide reputation".

One in three Sudanese women are married before the age of 18, Reuters reported, citing the United Nations.

Amnesty International slammed the sentence.


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