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@Relationship Africa: Police gives Sudanese woman 75 strokes for marrying her choice of man



Police gives Sudanese woman 75 strokes for marrying her choice of man
A Sudanese woman was on Tuesday given 75 lashes of cane after she was found guilty of marrying a man without her father’s consent by a court, her lawyer and rights activists said.
The woman, who is a native of the war-torn Darfur region, was flogged at a police station in Omdurman, the twin city of Khartoum, after having served a six-month prison sentence.
 “She completed her six months in jail and today she was flogged 75 times” as ordered by the court, lawyer Azza Mohamed Ahmed said.
The lawyer explained that her client was on trial after her father refused to approve her marriage to a man of her own choice.
“She and the man then got married and lived together for a year,” the lawyer said, adding that the couple now have a two-month-old baby.
“Her family then filed a case against her, accusing her of living with a man illegitimately and of having s*x outside of marriage.”
Ahmed noted that the court found her client guilty of marrying without her father’s consent as required under the Muslim country’s law.
Meanwhile, her husband also was punished as he was sentenced to two years in prison.
“Today her punishment is complete,” the lawyer said, adding that the woman was released and would stay at the house she lived with her husband.
Confirming the episode, Amnesty International, said the scenario was true and that the woman’s conviction and flogging was real, saying it would follow up the case.
A women’s rights activist said she witnessed the flogging.
“I was holding her baby in my hands as the ordeal unfolded in front of me,” said Tahani Abbas, a member of Don’t Oppress Women, a Sudanese NGO.
“This was the most painful sight, especially for a women’s rights activist,” she said.

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