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Sudan court overturns death sentence for teen bride who killed her rapist husband

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Sudan has overturned the death sentence for teenager Noura Hussein who killed her husband after he raped her. The 19-year-old has instead been given a five-year jail term for killing her 35-year-old husband.

The case sparked international outrage and several petitions worldwide had called for her sentence to be dropped after the teenager’s story put a spotlight on forced marriage and marital rape in Sudan, where the legal age to enter into marriage is 10 and marital rape is not a crime.

Noura’s family had forced her to get married at 15, but allowed her to finish school. Three years later, after a public marriage ceremony, her husband tried to consummate the marriage.

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After refusing to have sex with him on their “honeymoon,” she says he raped her as members of his family held her down. A day later her husband tried to rape her again, and she stabbed him to death. When she went to her parents for support, they turned her over to the police.

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