A Sudanese woman has been sentenced to death for stabbing and killing her husband, who raped her as his relatives held her down, the media reported on Friday.
A day later her husband tried to rape her again, and she stabbed him to death.
Petitions appealing for Norma's release such as Change.org and Avaaz.com are being widely circulated on social media platforms and have gathered tens of thousands of signatures. She then went to her parents for help, but they turned her into the police.
Her lawyer has 15 days to appeal and is planning to do so. She sought refuge for three years with her aunt, but was eventually tricked by her father, who handed her over to her husband's family. Equality Now, a non-governmental organization established in 1992 to work for the protection and promotion of the human rights of women and girls around the world, has prepared a letter to Sudan's president on Hussein's behalf, requesting that she be pardoned. SEEMA has been campaigning in support of Hussein.
Hussein's supporters packed into the courtroom in Omdurman, Sudan, and spilled out into the hall outside as the judge announced the death penalty on May 10.
Because Noura was a victim of rape, many are calling for her release, and for her not to be punished at all.
The judgment has raised concerns over the justice system in Sudan, especially when it comes to marital rape.
Shahd Hamza, 20, was among those who came to support Hussein in court, after hearing about her case in a group chat on WhatsApp. But Hussein's case was different.
Sudan is ranked 165 out of 188 countries on the U.N.'s Gender Inequality Index, which measures how women fare compared to men when it comes to access to health, education, political participation and employment opportunities.
The execution of a young woman, a victim of gender based violence, the group wrote, "is a regress in the eyes of worldwide law and an irreparable damage for Sudan's and perhaps more broadly Africa's global reputation".
Magango, of Amnesty International, said that by applying the "cruel" death penalty to a rape victim, Sudanese authorities failed to acknowledge the violence Hussein endured.
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