Amnesty International (AI) has condemned the death penalty sentence on 19-year-old Noura Hussein, who killed her husband for marital rape.
Hussein was sentenced to death by the Sudanese government after she was found guilty of killing her husband in self-defence when he was trying to rape her.
According to AI, this was the second time he forced himself on her; the first time he succeeded in raping her by getting his cousins to pin her down whilst he raped her.
AI while expressing its grouse against the sentencing by the Sudanese government, noted that marital rape is still rape and a crime.
In the statement made available to THISDAY, AI said: “When Noura Hussein was just 16, she was married against her will. Her father and new husband signed a marriage contract and when Noura finished high school in April 2017, she was forced to move into his home.
“She had been unwilling to consummate a marriage that she never wanted – so he forced her. Noura is not a criminal.
“She acted in self defence against her abuser. When she told her family what had happened her family immediately took her to the police and disowned her.
“The death penalty is cruel, inhuman and degrading. At Amnesty we strongly condemn the decision of the Sudanese court to sentence Noura to the death penalty.
“Rape victims deserve support, not death. And we need your urgent support now.”