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19-year-old, Noura Hussein Hammad was handed a death sentence by a Sudanese court for killing the man her father forced her to marry, the rights group said in a statement. Al-Imam donated his services after Hussein's original lawyer withdrew from the case. Thousands of people have shared a change.org petition.
According to reports, the suspect Noura Hussein was forced by her parents to marry the victim who happens to be her cousin three years ago, against her will. When the two were alone the next day and he attempted to rape her again, she managed to grab a knife he had used to threaten her and stabbed him to death with it.
She returned to her family home on the outskirts of the capital Khartoum in April this year after her father said the marriage was cancelled but found that she had been duped and preparations for her wedding ceremony were under way. Hussein was forced to marry at age 15, and subsequently ran away from her home.
The death sentence was passed by a judge in a courtroom in Omdurman, Sudan, on Thursday, May 10. "One held her chest and head, the others held her legs", Al-Imam told the news outlet.
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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. Outside the court, where the case is heard Nura Hussein, gathered hundreds of its supporters.
Cases like Hussein's don't come to light often in Sudan, Salah said, because most young women who experience sexual abuse in marriage "don't raise their voices or say anything because of the social pressure or the social stigma".
UN Women says violence against women and girls is considered prevalent.
Sudan is ranked 165 out of 188 countries on the UN'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.
Sudanese law allows children over the age of 10 to marry. The family of the victim chooses the punishment for the murderer, demanding either pardon, or monetary compensation, or the death penalty.