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Thousands of people have signed aapetition urging the Sudanese government to take action against a man released without charge by police after his 13-year-old daughter was shot dead.

Samah el-Hadi was shot three times and run over by a car, reports said. Neighbours have taken to social media to blame her father, who was briefly questioned by the authorities but released after telling them Samah had taken her own life. No postmortem was carried out on the girl’s body.

Samah is alleged to have died last Friday in Omdurman after a row with her father over a school she wanted to attend. Her death has led to an outpouring of stories on social media by Sudanese women sharing their own experiences of domestic violence.

In the same city on Thursday, a 19-year-old woman was stabbed to death by her husband and buried by her family before the police became involved, according to Kaltoum Fadlallah, a poet and novelist who was among the group of women which handed in the petition of more than 2,000 names to the public prosecutor’s office in Khartoum this week, urging him to reopen the Samah el-Hadi case.

“This crime is the clearest and the most ugliest crime against women and children. In order to protect Samah’s rights we want them to reopen the case and re-examine her body and arrest everyone involved. What has happened will put all families under the danger of violence,” said Fadlallah.

Among the dozens of women on social media talking about violence at the hands of male relatives were those telling stories of being beaten for visiting friends, for wearing clothes deemed unsuitable and for taking part in the 2019 protests that toppled the former president Omar al-Bashir.

Sudan repealed a law that allowed women to be flogged for wearing trousers in 2019, but there have still been reports of people being lashed at some courts. Domestic violence is not covered by Sudanese law.

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