- The teenager had refused an arranged marriage but was later tricked into it
- She stabbed her husband when he tried to force himself on her
- An Islamic court sentenced her to death, but an appeals court has overturned it
A Sudanese girl has been spared the death sentence after she reportedly stabbed her husband when he tried to sexually assault her.
According to Amnesty International, 19-year-old Noura Hussein was tricked into an arranged marriage that she had earlier refused.
After the ceremony, her husband reportedly forced himself on her with help from two of his male relatives, who pinned her down.
The husband, Abdulrahman Mohamed Hammad, attempted it again the following day. However, Noura reportedly stabbed him in self defence, leading to his passing.
The incident happened when Noura was 16 years old. Her husband was 16 years older than her.
An Islamic court handed Noura the death penalty last month, sparking an international human rights campaign against the sentence.
On Tuesday, an appeals court overturned the sentence and instead handed Noura a five-year jail term.
Human rights campaigners have welcomed the decision. However, they argue that five years is too long given the fact that Noura was defending herself.
According to Reuters, Sudan ranks a lowly 165 out of 188 countries on the U.N.’s Gender Inequality Index.
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