Activism for Noura Hussein Hammad

 

By Scott Douglas Jacobsen

A 19-year-old, Noura Hussein Hammad, from Sudan has been sentenced to death for the killing of a man. Hammad killed the man in self-defense while being raped.

The context is a forced marriage while a child/teenager and so forced child marriage, marital rape while being held down by several men, and the killing the forced-marriage husband while being raped by him. Now, she was taken to a Sudanese court and charged with murder.

Getting the word out has been helpful, most countries’ governments do not want bad press for their country. Journalists and international/global citizens can place pressure on governments in some instances at certain times.

This may be one of those times, as noted in Canadian Atheist, Cornelius Press, Humanist Voices, Medium, and The Good Men Project, with Sodfa Daaji, and Canadian Atheist, Cornelius Press, Humanist Voices, Secularism is a Women’s Issue, The Good Men Project here, here, and here with Marieme Helie Lucas. This story seems to show an unjust and unfair charge.

Hammad’s told her father and family about what happened, but the father turned Hammad into the police. Subsequently, the family disowned Hammad. She was charged with premeditated murder, even though she was defending herself against rape in a forced marriage case.

You can email Sudan’s Minister of Justice.

Scott Douglas Jacobsen is the Founder of In-Sight Publishing and In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal.

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