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Forced child marriage and marital rape are not considered crimes in Sudan.

A 19-year-old woman in Sudan was sentenced to death for fatally stabbing her husband for raping her.

"Noura Hussein's lifelong wish was to become a teacher, but she ended up being forced to marry an abusive man who raped and brutalized her", said Amnesty's deputy regional director for East Africa, Seif Magango, according to BuzzFeed News.

The case has attracted widespread attention on social media.

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

The woman had said her husband's family had assisted him in raping her, The Guardian reported. As of about 4 p.m. on May 11, more than 136,000 people had signed the Change.org petition asking for Noura to be spared from the death penalty.




After Hussein refused to consummate the marriage, her husband's relatives held her down while he raped her.

The judge in Omdurman confirmed the death penalty for Noura Hussein after her husband's family refused to accept financial compensation. 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. "One held her chest and head, the others held her legs", Al-Imam told the news outlet. She is to be hanged to death as a punishment, a verdict her lawyers could appeal within the next 15 days. She was 16 when she was forced to get married. A group of Sudanese and worldwide activists have been visiting Hussein in prison, translating letters of support from across the globe and working with her lawyers to appeal the case.

"The case of Noura is different".

Sudan is ranked as one of the worst countries in the world for gender inequality with violence against women and girls rampant.

"The Sudanese authorities must abolish this grossly unfair sentence and to ensure that Nura was given a fair re-trial, which takes account of her mitigating circumstances", - said human rights activists. 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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