Sudan overturns death sentence for teen wife Noura Hussein

The legal age of marriage is ten in Sudan and marital rape isn't considered a crime

() - A Sudanese court has commuted the death sentence for teenager Noura Hussein, who killed her husband after he raped her, in a case that has put a spotlight on forced child marriage and marital rape in the African nation.

CNN reports that the 19-year-old has instead been given a five-year jail term for killing her 35-year-old husband.

Her mother, Zainab Ahmed, told the BBC she was happy her daughter's life had been spared by the appeal court.

An Islamic court handed Noura the death penalty last month, sparking an worldwide human rights campaign against the sentence.

Her death sentence triggered a campaign calling for the throwing out of Hussein's sentence, while her lawyer filed an appeal against the lower court's ruling.

Hussein reportedly refused to have sex with her husband after being forced to marry him, but on the sixth day, he raped her as three of his male relatives held her down to restrain her.

When Hammad allegedly tried to rape her again the next day, she stabbed him to death with a knife.

The case has brought worldwide attention to the issue of forced marriage in the Northeast African nation, where girls as young as 10 years old can be legally married and courts do not consider marital rape a crime, according to Human Rights Watch.

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The death sentence triggered worldwide outrage from the United Nations and global rights groups, and her lawyer filed an appeal against the lower court's ruling.

The young lady had been married off to her husband at 16 by her father.

Sudanese law allows for the marriage of a girl once she hits puberty, and a 10-year-old girl can be married by a guardian with the permission of a judge.

She was, however, tricked into returning 3 years later, and was promptly handed over to her husband's family. Noura was a victim before she became a criminal.

Hussein says her father betrothed her at the age of 16.

Marital rape is not a crime in Sudan, and girls from 10years and above can legally marry.

She was to be hanged to death as a punishment.

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