A nineteen-year-old Sudanese woman has been sentenced to death for stabbing her husband to death. She reportedly resented the husband, whom she accused of raping her after being forced to marry him.
Noura Hussein was married off at 15. She once ran away from her husband’s home to stay with her aunt for three years. Her father tricked her to return and subsequently turned her in to her husband’s family. Al-amim, the source, who narrated the teenage’s bride’s ordeal to CNN said husband’s family members held her down while the husband raped her.
“His brother and two cousins tried to reason with her, when she refused she was slapped and ordered into the room. One held her chest and head, the others held her legs.” Al-Imam told CNN.
A day later her husband tried to rape her again, and she stabbed him to death. When she went to her parents for support, they turned her in to the police.
Hussein’s supporters filled the courtroom in Omdurman, Sudan, and overflowed into the hall outside as the judge announced the death penalty on Thursday. .
Her husband’s family refused an option to pardon her and rejected financial compensation, requesting that she be executed instead. Hussein’s legal team has 15 days to appeal.
The case of Hussein has shone a spotlight on the issues of forced marriage and marital rape in Sudan, where the legal age of marriage is only 10 and marital rape is legal.