UN and rights groups lead campaign for 19-year-old given death penalty for stabbing man she was forced to marry as he assaulted her

The UN and international rights groups are calling on Sudan to pardon a 19-year-old woman sentenced to death after she killed her husband as he tried to rape her.

Noura Hussein, who was compelled by her family to marry when she was 16, is facing death by hanging after a sharia court, which follows Islamic religious laws, found her guilty of premeditated murder for stabbing her husband, who she says had previously raped her with the assistance of his family.

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