Teenage bride sentenced to death for killing husband who raped her as relatives pinned her down

A teenage bride has been sentenced to death for killing her husband who raped her as male relatives pinned her down. Noura Hussein, 19, says her father made her marry the man - who was also her cousin - when she was 16, but she refused

to accept the uni

on and sought refuge with a relative for three years. She returned to her fa

mily home on the outskirts of the Sudanese capital Khart

oum in April this year after her father said the marriage was cancelled. But she found that she had been duped and preparations for her wedding ceremony were under way. Hussein said that she refused to have sex with her husband after the ceremony, but on the sixth day, he raped her as three of his male relatives held her down to restrain her. The following day, he attempted to rape her again and as she struggled to stop him, she stab

bed him, killing him. The outrage at Nouras sentence has led to an international outcry Read MoreRelated ArticlesAsylum seeker who fled poverty and domestic violence says she is even worse off in UK A Sharia court, which follows Islamic religious law, found Hussein guilty of premeditated murder last month and on Thursday officially sentenced her to death by hanging. Her lawyers have 15 days to appeal. Under Sharia l

aw, the husbands family can demand either

monetary compensation or death. They chose death and now the death penalty has been ha

nded down, said Badr Eldin Salah, an activist from the Afrika Youth Movement who was in the cou

rt. Noura

s lawyers say they plan to appeal against the decision, but we also need strong international support from organisations such as the African Union, the United Nations and the European Union to support her. Sudan is ranked 165 out of 188 countries on the UNs Gender Inequality Index, which measures how women fare compared to men when it comes to access to health, education, political participation and employment opportunities. Read MoreRelated ArticlesDying brides heartbreaking final request to grooms ex-wife from hospit

al bed just hours before she took last breath UN Women says violence against women and girls is considered prevalent. The country has not signed the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women

and has weak policies in place to protect them. Marital rape and child marriage, for example, are

not considered crimes in the predominately Muslim African nation. Sudanese law allows for the marriage of a girl once she hits puberty. It also says a 10-year-old girl can be married by their guardian with the permission of a judge. One in three Sudanese women are married before the age of 18, says UN Women. Campaigners are calling on Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir to show mercy (Image: ASHRAF SHAZLY/AFP/Getty) Read MoreRelated Ar

ticlesSobbing groom begs to be released after being abducted and forced to marry stranger at gunpoint Petitions appealing for Normas release such as Change.org and Avaaz.com are being widely circulated on social media platforms and have gathered tens of thousands of signatures. Campaign groups such as Equality Now

say they are writing to Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir to plead for clemency, arguing that the judgement is against the Sudanese constitution. Noura is a victim, not a criminal, and should be treated as such. In many countries, victims like Noura would1月3日02期玄机图 be provide

d services to ensure that they overcome the trauma of their experiences, said Equality Nows Global Director Yasmeen Hassan. Criminalisation of Noura for defending herself from assault and, in particular a death sentence, would violate her rights under the Sudanese Constitution and international law.