Security forces gang raped a young woman on a public bus as protests wound down on Monday evening, when forces fired tear gas, causing passengers to disembark.
Sulaima Ishaq, who heads Sudan’s Violence Against Women Unit at the Ministry of Social Development said the 19-year-old South Sudanese woman who was not a protester was raped by two members of the forces and assaulted by others.
Since the October 25 military coup, neighbourhood-based resistance committees have organised protests across the country.
The incident in Khartoum led Sudanese anti-coup protesters to the streets on Tuesday to denounce sexual violence against women.
On social media, activists launched a hashtag that translates from Arabic as “They will not break you” in a show of solidarity with victims of sexual violence.
One flyer read, “Wars are not fought on women’s bodies.”
In December, the United Nations said it had received 13 allegations of rape and gang rape after a December 19 attempted sit-in was dispersed in central Khartoum.
The use of sexual violence as a weapon is not new to Sudan. Human rights groups have documented the rape of hundreds of women in the war in Darfur.