Woman to be executed for killing man during rape

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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.

The Imam also revealed that on the second day the husband tried to rape her, she stabbed him to death. Thousands of people have shared a change.org petition. Forced child marriage and marital rape are not considered crimes in Sudan, and can not be used as evidence in a defence. Another member of her legal team Muawya Khidir said that she was only defending herself when she killed the man and was mentally and psychologically disturbed as a result of rape, The Guardian reported.

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

The judge in Omdurman confirmed the death penalty for Noura Hussein after her husband's family refused to accept financial compensation.

"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. Groups such as Equality Now are writing to Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir to plead for clemency.

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Shahd Hamza, 20, was among those who came to support Hussein in court, after hearing about her case in a group chat on WhatsApp. A team of Sudanese activists are organising a protest at the US Capitol in Washington on Saturday.

The judgment has raised concerns over the justice system in Sudan, especially when it comes to marital rape. But Hussein's case was different.

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).

UN Women says violence against women and girls is considered prevalent. 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. "Now she has been slapped with a death sentence".