Published: Sat, May 12, 2018
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

Noura Hussein Sentenced to Death For Killing Her Rapist

Noura Hussein Sentenced to Death For Killing Her Rapist

A court in Sudan has sentenced to death a young woman for killing her husband after he allegedly raped her as his male relatives restrained her.

Ms Hussein, who is now 19, was forced into the marriage at the age of 16 and had tried to run away.

The harrowing details of her case have set social media and WhatsApp ablaze in Sudan.

Hammad fled to her family home after the incident but her father handed her to the police, Amnesty said.

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". Five days later, Hussein was raped by her husband with the assistance of his brother, a relative and a witness who held her down, according to the petition.

"The Sudanese authorities must quash this grossly unfair sentence and ensure that Noura gets a fair retrial that takes into account her mitigating circumstances".

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. While CNN reports one of Noura's lawyers, Dr. Adil Mohamed Al-Imam, said she was abandoned by both the law and her family, many are standing with her. Another member of her legal team Muawya Khidir said that she was only defending herself when she killed the man and was mentally and psychologically disturbed as a result of rape, The Guardian reported.

He tried to rape her again the next day but she grabbed the knife he frequently used to threaten her and stabbed him to death. Hussein's case had changed that, he said. A group of Sudanese and global activists have been visiting Hussein in prison, translating letters of support from across the globe and working with her lawyers to appeal the case. SEEMA has been campaigning in support of Hussein. But Hussein's case was different.

Magango, of Amnesty International, said that by applying the "cruel" death penalty to a rape victim, Sudanese authorities failed to acknowledge the violence Hussein endured. Sudan is one of the many African countries where marital rape is not considered a crime. 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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