Online outrage at Sudan death sentence for girl allegedly raped

13 May, 2018, 01:06 | Author: Charlene Valdez
  • Activists Take To Twitter As Teenager Is Sentenced To Death For Killing Unwanted Husband

Concise News learnt that the legal age for marriage in Sudan is 10.

The court is full.

Sudanese woman Noura Hussein, 19, has been sentenced to death by hanging for fatally stabbing the man she was forced to marry, whom she claims raped her as his relatives pinned her down. Al-Imam donated his services after Hussein's original lawyer withdrew from the case.

"Noura's lawyers say they plan to appeal against the decision, but we also need strong global support from organisations such as the African Union, the United Nations and the European Union to support her". 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.

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When Hammad refused to consummate the marriage, her husband invited two of his brothers and a male cousin to help him rape her, the rights group alleged. But her father tricked her into coming back home three years later and sent her to her husband.

Reports say her husband's family rejected financial compensation and insisted on retribution forcing the presiding judge to pronounce death penalty for Noura.

"Our society holds women accountable for the heinous actions of men, and then tells them to grin and bear it", says the Equality Now, which has taken up her case.

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.

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According to BuzzFeed News, Noura was forced to marry Abdulrahman Mohamed Hammad by her father when she was 16.

Supporters of Hussein flocked to the Criminal Court in Omdurman, Sudan's second-largest city, in protest during the trial. But Hussein's case was different. "She is also one the many women who refused to submit to this violence and stood up to defend herself".

Sudan is marked 165 out of 188 in the United Nations Development Programme's Gender Development Index, which quantifies gender inequality using income levels, political representation, reproductive health, maternal mortality rates and other measures.

Sudanese law allows children over the age of 10 to marry.

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"Noura Hussein's life-long wish was to become a teacher but she ended up being forced to marry an abusive man who raped and brutalised her", Magango added.

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