A 19-year-old girl in Sudan was sentenced to death by a court on Thursday for murdering her husband after he tried to rape her, said campaigners, calling on the president to pardon her as she was forced into a child marriage, and had acted in self-defence.
Sodfa Daaji tweeted "The court is full".
A teen bride in Sudan has been sentenced to hang for stabbing the man she was forced to marry - after he raped her while his cousins held her down. Al-Imam donated his services after Hussein's original lawyer withdrew from the case.
Hussien's legal team has 15 days to appeal the sentence, as her husband's family rejected the possibility of financial compensation and chose execution when the judge asked them what they want to happen, according to a supporter who attended the hearing and posted the details on the Twitter. Thousands of people have signed petitions in support of Hussein.
When Hussein returned to her home in Khartoum, Ms Hussein says she refused to consummate the marriage, resisting her husband for the first four days. When the two were alone the next day and he attempted to rape her again, she managed to grab a knife he had used to threaten her and stabbed him to death with it. "One held her chest and head, the others held her legs", Al-Imam told CNN.
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According to BuzzFeed News, Noura was forced to marry Abdulrahman Mohamed Hammad by her father when she was 16.
"Noura Hussein's death sentence violates her rights under the Sudanese constitution and worldwide law", Equality Now's letter stated. Later, she was sent to her husband's family, despite her father's claims that the marriage was cancelled. 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 one of the many African countries where marital rape is not considered a crime.
"The death penalty is the ultimate cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment and to apply it to a victim only highlights the failure of the Sudanese authorities to acknowledge the violence she endured", Magango said.