Outrage as Sudan sentences teenage rape victim to death

Sudan has just sentenced a teenage rape victim to death and this has sparked online outrage in different parts of the world, as Amnesty International said she was defending herself against being raped.

Noura Hussein Hammad, 19, was handed a death sentence by a court on Thursday for the “intentional murder” of the man her father forced her to marry.

“Noura is a victim and not a killer. Noura has been raped by her husband,” Sudanese novelist Hamour Zyada wrote on Facebook on Saturday (May 12), as part of a campaign tagged #justicefornoura.

“We have to come together to rescue Noura,” Zyada added – a sentiment echoed by others.

“We all have to unite for rescuing Noura and to fight against marital rape,” wrote prominent women’s rights activist Amal Habbani on Facebook.

Several activists changed their profile pictures on Twitter and Facebook to a painting depicting a white veil and three clenched female fists, to show solidarity with Hammad.

“All Sudanese people, activists and women’s organisations must unite to fight for justice for Noura,” tweeted political activist Amani Ahmed.


Hammad was married against her wish to Abdulrahman Hammad at the age of 16, with the first ceremony involving the signing of a marriage contract between her father and her husband, Amnesty International said in a statement on Thursday.

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In April 2017, the second part of the marriage took place when she was forced to move to her husband’s home after completing high school.

When Hammad refused to consummate the marriage, her husband invited two of his brothers and a male cousin to help him rape her, the rights group alleged.

“On 2 May 2017, the three men held Noura Hussein down while Abdulrahman raped her,” Amnesty International said.

“The next morning he tried to rape her again but she managed to escape to the kitchen where she grabbed a knife. In the ensuing scuffle, Abdulrahman sustained fatal knife wounds.”

Hammad fled to her family home after the incident but her father handed her to the police, Amnesty said.

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During her trial in July 2017, the court found her guilty of “intentional murder” after applying an outdated law that does not recognise marital rape, the rights group added.

“The way her family treated her is something that happens all the time in our community. We have to fight for her,” said political activist Amjad Fareed in a Facebook post on Saturday.

In recent years, women and children’s rights activists in Sudan have campaigned against forced unions and marriage of underage girls, a widespread phenomenon in a country where the law allows children over the age of 10 to marry.


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  2. Husband can’t rape wife she failed to pay her dues so she killed the man….its his legal right that was violated and he was murdered in the process and what’s this about justice she deserves to die

  3. “deserves to die”??? what kind of organism are you @anonymous (from May 13th at 5:15 pm)? Not human as it seems.
    What if you were being forcely hold by a few stronger persons while another one brutally rapes you while being observed by 3 persons looking at your most intimate parts of your body? Is it really the legal right of this inhuman being to expose his wife during sexual intercourse to other men? This is most despicable!
    What this “husband” did is not only a rape, it is also the violation of his wife’s honor and feelings of shame; he is showing most disrespect against her body and soul. He did the crime and consequently forced his own dead by her self-defense. His teenage wife is innocent, because he was the aggressor.

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