Published: Sat, May 12, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Teen sentenced to death for stabbing husband as he raped her

Teen sentenced to death for stabbing husband as he raped her

A teen bride in Sudan has been sentenced to hang for stabbing the man she was forced to marry - after he raped her while his cousins held her down.

The Imam also revealed that on the second day the husband tried to rape her, she stabbed him to death. Over 140,000 people have also signed a petition to help her, which you can sign here.

The family handed her over to the police.

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.

Her legal team has at least 15 days to appeal the judgement.

She returned to her family home on the outskirts of the capital Khartoum in April this year after her father said the marriage was cancelled, but found that she had been duped and preparations for her wedding ceremony were under way. Equality Now, a non-governmental organization established in 1992 to work for the protection and promotion of the human rights of women and girls around the world, has prepared a letter to Sudan's president on Hussein's behalf, requesting that she be pardoned. Hussein's case had changed that, he said.

The judge in Omdurman confirmed the death penalty for Noura Hussein after her husband's family refused to accept financial compensation. Across social media, Sudanese activists and supporters in Europe, Australia and Washington have rallied around Hussein.

"Noura Hussein is a victim and the sentence against her is an intolerable act of cruelty", Seif Magango, Amnesty International's Deputy Regional Director for East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes, wrote in a statement. But Hussein's case was different.

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

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. "They chose death and now the death penalty has been handed down". "Now she has been slapped with a death sentence".

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