Noura Hussein sentenced to death for killing rapist husband

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In recent years, women and children's rights activists have increasingly campaigned against forced marriages of girls and marriage of underage girls, a widespread phenomenon in Sudan given that Sudanese law allows children over the age of 10 to marry.

The court is full.

Sudanese women have been canvassing after they tagged the death sentence of a teenager, Noura Hussein for killing her husband as unfair. Al-Imam donated his services after Hussein's original lawyer withdrew from the case.

Noura Hussein, 19, was given the death penalty when her hateful hubby's family refused financial compensation for the slaying.

Petitions appealing for Norma's release such as Change.org and Avaaz.com are being widely circulated on social media platforms and have gathered tens of thousands of signatures.

A day later her husband tried to rape her again, and she stabbed him to death.

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Witnesses who attended the proceedings posted online that Hussein's family had abandoned her and she appeared alone during Thursday's sentencing for her earlier murder conviction. Nura's father persuaded her to return home, however, as soon as the girl crossed the threshold of his father's house, as it is handed over to the legal wife.

According to BuzzFeed News, Noura was forced to marry Abdulrahman Mohamed Hammad by her father when she was 16. Groups such as Equality Now are writing to Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir to plead for clemency. But Hussein's case was different. "She stood for her rights".

Sudan is ranked 165 out of 188 countries on the UN's Gender Inequality Index, which measures how women fare compared to men when it comes to access to health, education, political participation and employment opportunities.

The execution of a young woman, a victim of gender based violence, the group wrote, "is a regress in the eyes of global law and an irreparable damage for Sudan's and perhaps more broadly Africa's worldwide reputation".

One in three Sudanese women are married before the age of 18, Reuters reported, citing the United Nations.

"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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