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, where the law allows children over the age of 10 to marry.
Rights group Amnesty International on Thursday slammed a Sudanese court's sentencing of a teenager to death for killing her rapist husband in self-defence. Her husband's family refused an option to pardon her and turned down an offer to be compensated financially, requesting instead that she be executed.
Noura's legal team according to reports have 15 days to appeal the death sentence. "She's still in complete shock after her sentencing today", Dr. Adil Mohamed Al-Imam, one of Hussein's lawyers, told CNN.
"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. And in recent days it has captured global attention with the hashtags #JusticeforNoura and #SaveNoura.
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Girl's lawyer told reporters that the father Nura persuaded her to return home, but as soon as she returned home, it was immediately handed over to the legal wife. And when she refused to consummate the marriage, her husband sought the help of his brother and cousins.
A teen bride in Sudan has been sentenced to hang for stabbing the man she was forced to marry - after he raped her while his cousins held her down.
A day later her husband tried to rape her again, and she stabbed him to death.
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He said when Hussein reached out to her family for support, they handed her over to the police and reported the incident to them.
The teen's lawyer said that this case has challenged societal expectations that Sudanese women should submit to their husbands.
Amnesty International's Sudan researcher, Ahmed Elzobier, said it was the first time a case of this nature had attracted such attention.
The judgment has raised concerns over the justice system in Sudan, especially when it comes to marital rape. A group of Sudanese and worldwide activists have been visiting Hussein in prison, translating letters of support from across the globe and working with her lawyers to appeal the case.
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