Wednesday, 23 May, 2018

Noura Hussein sentenced to death for killing rapist husband

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| 13 May, 2018, 01:08

The court is full.

A teenage girl in Sudan who killed a man who tried raping her has been sentenced to death. Al-Imam volunteered to represent the teen after her original lawyer took themselves off the case.

Rights groups are pushing for her pardon with an activist from the Afrika Youth Movement, Badr Eldin Salah telling Reuters that "Noura's lawyers say they plan to appeal against the decision, but we also need strong worldwide support from organisations such as the African Union, the United Nations and the European Union to support her". Meanwhile, Change.org also launched an online petition on her behalf.

Hammad was married against her wish to Abdulrahman Hammad at the age of 16, with the first ceremony involving the signing of a marriage contract between her father and her husband, Amnesty International said in a statement on Thursday.

The next time he tried to rape her, she stabbed him to death and went back to her family.


Shahd Hamza, 20, was among those who came to support Hussein in court, after hearing about her case in a group chat on WhatsApp. In April of previous year, her family convinced her to return to their home in the outskirts of Khartoum, Sudan's capital.

Hussein's supporters packed into the courtroom in Omdurman, Sudan, and spilled out into the hall outside as the judge announced the death penalty on May 10. The men held her down as her husband raped her, according to activists in Sudan and her lawyer, who spoke to the Associated Press.

"Criminalisation of Noura for defending herself from assault and, in particular a death sentence, would violate her rights under the Sudanese Constitution and global law".

"The case of Noura is different".

Sudanese law allows children over the age of 10 to marry. "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. In many countries, victims like Noura would be provided services to ensure that they overcome the trauma of their experiences", said Equality Now's Global Director Yasmeen Hassan.

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