Death sentence on Sudanese teenager sparks anger

from RAJI BASHIR in Khartoum, Sudan
KHARTOUM, (CAJ News) – INTERNATIONAL outcry has followed the death sentence slapped on a Sudanese teenager who killed her rapist husband she was forced to marry.

Noura Hussein Hammad, aged 19, is on death row after the recent conviction of killing her husband Abdulrahman Hammad, whom she married against her will three years ago.

She stabbed him to death in May last year as he forced himself on her.

The teenager has been held in a women’s prison since the incident.

Hammad’s situation dominated the just-concluded debate of the European Parliament.

Christos Stylianides, the EU Commissioner, said the case brought to the forefront the East African  country’s complex and interrelated human rights problems.

These range from from sexual violence, child and forced marriage to the continuing use of capital punishment.

“The criminal justice systems ought to prevent and protect women and girls from all forms of violence. This is sadly not the case in Sudan,” Stylianides said.

The commissioner said EU would continue to closely follow the case and raise it with the respective authorities.

EU is opposed to the death penalty and advocates for its universal abolition.

Rights group Amnesty International has denounced Hammad’s sentencing.

“She is a victim and the sentence against her is an intolerable act of cruelty,” deputy regional director, Seif Magango, said.

Sudanese law allows children over the age of ten to marry but activists have increasingly campaigned against forced marriages of girls and marriage of underage girls.
– CAJ News

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