19-yr-old sentenced to death for murdering husband who raped her

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Forced child marriage and marital rape are not considered crimes in Sudan, and can not be used as evidence in a defence.

The court is full.

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. Al-Imam donated his services after Hussein's original lawyer withdrew from the case.

According to the "Justice for Noura" petition, in 2017, Hussein was forcibly married to her cousin at 16 years of age. 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.

Hussein fled to her family home after the incident but her father handed her to the police, Amnesty International said. "He recruited some of his cousins and brought them [to his] home where they held her down while her husband raped her", Sarah ElHasan, a rights activist, told Al Jazeera.

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

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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.

"Criminalisation of Noura for defending herself from assault and, in particular a death sentence, would violate her rights under the Sudanese Constitution and worldwide law". Outside the court, where the case is heard Nura Hussein, gathered hundreds of its supporters.

"The case of Noura is different".

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". Sudan is one of the many African countries where marital rape is not considered a crime.

One in three Sudanese women are married before the age of 18, Reuters reported, citing the United Nations. "The death penalty is the ultimate cruel, inhuman, and degrading punishment, and to apply it to a rape victim only highlights the failure of the Sudanese authorities to acknowledge the violence she endured".

Because Noura was a victim of rape, many are calling for her release, and for her not to be punished at all.

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