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

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

A court in Sudan has sentenced to death a 19-year-old girl for murdering her husband who happens to be her cousin after he raped her.

According to reports, the suspect Noura Hussein was forced by her parents to marry the victim who happens to be her cousin three years ago, against her will.

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

“The husband’s family received the verdict with claps of joy and cheering,” said Amal Habani, a Sudanese journalist and women’s rights activist who attended the hearing in Omdurman, Sudan’s second-largest city.

“But for Hussein’s supporters at the courtroom, the news was very distressing,” Habani told Al Jazeera.

Noura’s legal team according to reports have 15 days to appeal the death sentence.

Rights activists have campaigned on behalf of Noura on social media and a #JusticeForNoura hashtag has trended on Twitter.

 

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