A court in Sudan has convicted Noura Hussein and sentenced her to death for killing her husband after he allegedly raped her. The sentence was confirmed after the husband’s family had refused compensation.
Human rights groups are calling for her conviction to be overturned on the grounds that it was a forced marriage at the age of 16 and she had tried to escape to no avail.
Ms Hussein, who is now 19, said she wanted to finish her education and become a teacher.
Amnesty International said the death penalty to Noura for “killing her rapist husband in self-defence” highlighted the “failure of the authorities to tackle child marriage, forced marriage and marital rape”.
According to Amnesty representative Seif Magango, “Noura Hussein is a victim and the sentence against her is an intolerable act of cruelty.”
“The Sudanese authorities must quash this grossly unfair sentence and ensure that Noura gets a fair retrial that takes into account her mitigating circumstances.”