Published: Sat, May 12, 2018
Global Media | By Jackie Banks

Woman sentenced to death for the murder of her husband

Woman sentenced to death for the murder of her husband

There, 19-year-old Noura Hussein was sentenced to death Thursday for the stabbing death of her husband, whom she says she was made to marry and who then raped her with the help of his family.

"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".

Amnesty International said the sentencing of a woman to death for "killing her rapist husband in self-defence" highlighted the "failure of the authorities to tackle child marriage, forced marriage and marital rape".

Noura's lawyers have 15 days to appeal against the death penalty charge. Later, she was sent to her husband's family, despite her father's claims that the marriage was cancelled. He added that Hussein was abandoned not only by the law, but also by her family. Hussein's case had changed that, he said.

"Noura Hussein's death sentence violates her rights under the Sudanese constitution and global law", Equality Now's letter stated.

Campaign groups such as Equality Now say they are writing to Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir to plead for clemency, arguing that the judgement is against the Sudanese constitution. People gathered to support Noura for her last trial. "We have to fight for her", said political activist Amjad Fareed in a Facebook post on Saturday.

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Cases like Hussein's don't come to light often in Sudan, Salah said, because most young women who experience sexual abuse in marriage "don't raise their voices or say anything because of the social pressure or the social stigma". But Hussein's case was different.

Human rights groups are calling for her conviction to be overturned.

Sudan ranks 165 of 188 countries on the United Nations Gender Inequality Index 2017, an index that measures women's access to resources and services compared to men, and the country has not yet signed the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).

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.

The court sentenced the woman to death.

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