#JusticeForNoura is the latest viral hashtag which is in support of a 19-year-old Sudanese young woman, Noura Hussein. On Thursday, she was found guilty of premeditated murder and sentenced to death by a court in Omdurman, Sudan. Noura who was forcefully sent to marriage, stabbed to death her husband when he raped her.
It is so sad that young Muslim girls around the world are still being forced into marriage. In 2014, Noura was only 15-years-old when her father forced her into marrying her cousin. Hussein who obviously did not like the fate chosen for her, fled from home to seek refuge at an aunt’s house on the outskirts of Sudan’s capital city, Khartoum.
Unfortunately, Noura Hussein was tricked by her father into coming back and again forced her to live with the man she previously ran away from. During her stay with her ‘forced’ husband, he allegedly attempted to engage in sexual intercourse with her but she refused. With the help of a number of relatives, the now deceased husband pinned her down and raped her.
He allegedly tried to rape her again a day later, this time on his own. Noura says she grabbed a knife and stabbed him, resulting in his death. Upon hearing the news, her father disowned his only child and also handed her over to the police.
Noura has spent over a year in Omdurman’s prison and on Thursday, the death penalty for Hussein was confirmed by a judge after her husband’s family rejected a financial compensation. Her legal team now has 15 days to file an appeal.
Noura Hussein’s case has garnered attention in Sudan and around the world. The social media hashtag #JusticeForNoura has been trending. You can sign a petition dubbed ”Don’t execute Noura for self defense against the man who raped her” to show your support.