top of page


  • Noura Hussein was married off at 16 without her consent

  • She escaped to live with her relatives in Sinnar for 3 years

  • Tricked  and told that the wedding was off so she could return home

  • The wedding was completed in April 2017

  • Noura was raped by her husband (with the help of his realtives) after she refused to consummate the marriage

  • When he tried to rape her again the next day, she stabbed and killed him

  • Noura went home and told her family; her father delivered her to the police and her family disowned her

  •  On April 2017 Noura was imprisoned 

  • On April 29, 2918, Noura was found guilty of premeditated murder

  • On May 10, 2018 Noura was sentenced to death by hanging; leaving her legal team with 15 days to apply for appeal.

  • On May 25, 2018  Noura's lead attorney filed an appeal with the help of 

  • On June 26, 2018 the court ruled to abolish Noura's  death sentence and replaced with financial penalty imprisonment for 5 years starting on May 3, 2017 .  The opposition has 15 days to file an appeal. 

Background information summarized from Noura's testimony and legal defense documents


religious Context

In S

In Sudan....


Child marriage is still widely practiced in Sudan and not heavily policed. The law was revised within recent years to set the minimum age for marriage at 18


Marital rape is criminalized by the law, but is not applied. 


From an Islamic perspective, both parties need to approve the marriage for it to be valid. 


Gender based violence and sexual discrimination  in policy and law do not protect women's rights in Sudan. 

More literature and scholarly articles coming soon to this page, thank you for your patience

bottom of page