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Death Sentence for rape victim

Noura Hussein, a 19-year old Sudanese woman, having been forced to enter marriage, was charged with premeditated murder and convicted to “death by hanging” by the Central Criminal Court of Omdurman after stabbing her husband to death in self-defense as he tried to rape her. 

  • Country: Sudán
  • Edition: 2018
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  • Court: Central Criminal Court of Omdurman, Khartoum
  • Date of the Decision: 29/04/2018
  • Votes: 215

Noura was forced into marriage in Sudan at the age of 16 to a 35-year old man named Hammad. Three years later, Noura fled but it wasn't long before her family tricked her into returning. She was then handed over to the man and forced to move into his home.

The first time Hammad raped her, his two brothers and a male cousin held Noura down. When he tried to force himself on her again the next day when they were alone, she defended herself. During the struggle, Hammad sustained fatal knife wounds as Noura stabbed him. When Noura told her family what had happened, her father handed her over to the police and she was charged with intentional murder. The man’s family called for her execution. On April 2018, as the judge applied an outdated law which did not recognize marital rape, the Central Criminal Court of Omdurman found her guilty of premeditated murder. Noura was sentenced to death by hanging.

The Sudanese No to Suppression of Women Initiative launched a campaign against the court ruling and rights activists in the region joined to protest the unjust punishment. After Noura's legal team’s appeal to Sudan´s Supreme Court, her death sentence was quashed but she was given a five-year jail sentence for manslaughter and her family was ordered to pay 337,000 Sudanese pounds ($18,702) to the man’s family.

Despite overturning the death sentence, the Court failed to review and reform laws on child marriage, forced marriage and marital rape to prevent other girls from suffering similar violence and human rights violations.

The text of this decision is not available; however, you can find several articles about the decision in the “links” section.

Judges who issued the decision

Ibrahim Osman

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