Don’t Execute 19-Year-Old for Acting in Self-Defense During Alleged Rape

Target: The Sharia Court of Omdurman, Sudan

Goal: Overturn the death penalty sentence of Noura Hussein.

A 19-year-old woman in Sudan has been sentenced to death after killing her husband who allegedly raped her while his family members held her down. Noura Hussein was forced into a marriage that she did not want at age 16. In Sudan, girls as young as 10-years-old can be legally put into arranged marriages by their families. Hussein was against her marriage, saying that she wanted to finish her education and train to be an educator. She had taken refuge from her marriage at her aunt’s house but then was tricked by her own family to return home. Upon going to her own home, her family sent her back to her husband. After six days back with her husband, Hussein was allegedly held down by some of her husband’s cousins as her husband raped her. When he allegedly attempted the same thing the next day, Hussein used a knife to stab him to death. After the incident, Hussein ran back to her parents’ house where her parents turned her in to the police.

According to Sharia Law, Hussein’s in-laws could either demand monetary compensation for the death of their son or call for the death penalty. They would not accept money and so Hussein was sentenced to death. Her defense team has 15 days to make an appeal. Sign this petition to urge the Sharia Court of Omdurman, Sudan to reconsider their initial ruling and consider Hussein’s actions as self-defense.

PETITION LETTER:

To The Judges of the Sharia Court of Omdurman, Sudan,

Noura Hussein was forced into a marriage that she did not want at the age of 16. Upon being allegedly raped by her husband she defended herself against the unwanted physical interaction and ended up killing her husband. In this situation, Hussein is a victim who deserves to be protected by the court. She should not have to face the death penalty for an act of self-defense. I urge you to reconsider your initial ruling and overturn the conviction of Hussein.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Hernán Piñera

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One Comment

  1. islam is all the worlds evil, malignant. Is a dictatorship, racism against all and even against other tribes, and women and inquisition to women so don’t even compare to other religions. Other have evolved and do different now, islam is going backwards. This is inadmissible, that family should be executed instead of this victim. She dien’t even want to get married, and she is only 19, they use women as sexual saves and slaves for everything. Also they mistreat 4 paws animals i wish i could kill all islamic men, they would be erased with torture ans raped in the ass several times by other men in prison which they would like as they do all with men.

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