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Forced child marriage and marital rape are not considered crimes in Sudan.

Sodfa Daaji tweeted "The court is full".

The Omdurman Sharia Court in Sudan condemned 19-year-old Noura Hussein to death on Thursday for murdering her husband, who she accused of raping her with support from his family members.

The Afrika Youth Movement wrote a letter to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, condemning Hussein's case as an "atrocity committed by the state of Sudan against a powerless individual, first violated as a female child and then executed as an adult female for the very abuse she in fact suffered". A change.org petition has also got thousands of signatures.

The next time he tried to rape her, she stabbed him to death and went back to her family. "He recruited some of his cousins and brought them [to his] home where they held her down while her husband raped her", Sarah ElHasan, a rights activist, told Al Jazeera.

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According to BuzzFeed News, Noura was forced to marry Abdulrahman Mohamed Hammad by her father when she was 16.

Hussein, whose family has disowned her, was found guilty of premeditated murder in April and sentenced to death on Thursday. But her father tricked her into coming back home three years later and sent her to her husband.

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.

Shahd Hamza, 20, was among those who came to support Hussein in court, after hearing about her case in a group chat on WhatsApp. A team of Sudanese activists are organising a protest at the US Capitol in Washington on Saturday. "Marital rape happens in Sudan often and people don't talk about it", he said. But Hussein's case was different. "In many countries, victims like Noura would be provided services to ensure that they overcome the trauma of their experiences", said Equality Now's Global Director Yasmeen Hassan. "The death penalty is the ultimate cruel, inhuman, and degrading punishment, and to apply it to a rape victim only highlights the failure of the Sudanese authorities to acknowledge the violence she endured".


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