Free Ms Noura Hussein from death sentence, DEATH BY HANGING

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A TEENAGE bride who was forced to marry her cousin has been sentenced to death for murdering her husband after he allegedly raped her.
Noura Hussein, 19, from Sudan, fled home aged 16 and lived with relatives for three years against her father’s wishes to escape the proposed marriage.

Noura will be hanged after stabbing her husband to death while he allegedly tried to rape her
Noura will be hanged after stabbing her husband to death while he allegedly tried to rape her

She returned to her family home on the outskirts of the capital Khartoum in April this year after her dad said the marriage was cancelled.

However the young girl had been duped into coming back and preparations for her wedding ceremony were already under way.

Noura said that she refused to have sex with her husband after the ceremony, but on the sixth day of their marriage, he raped her as three of his male cousins held her down.

The following day, he allegedly attempted to rape her again and as she struggled to stop him, she stabbed him to death.

Human rights campaigners want the Sudanese teen bride to be freed
Human rights campaigners want the Sudanese teen bride to be freed
A Sharia court, found Noura guilty of premeditated murder last month and on Thursday officially sentenced her to death by hanging.

The terrified girl’s lawyers have 15 days to appeal the decision.

Human right activist Badr Eldin Salah, who was in court during the sentencing, said: “Under Sharia law, the husband’s family can demand either monetary compensation or death.

“They chose death and now the death penalty has been handed down.

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

The scene outside the court where Noura was sentenced to death
The scene outside the court where Noura was sentenced to death
Sudan is ranked 165 out of 188 countries on the UN’s Gender Inequality Index which measures how women fare compared to men.

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

The country has not signed the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women and has weak policies in place to protect them.

Marital rape and child marriage, for example, are not considered crimes in the predominately African nation.

Sudanese law allows for the marriage of a girl once she hits puberty.

It also says a 10-year-old girl can be married by their guardian with the permission of a judge.


One in three Sudanese women are married before the age of 18, says UN Women.

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