Kaduna State House of Assembly has approved surgical castration as punishment for those convicted of rape in the State.
This development follows the amendment of the State Penal Code (No.5) law of 2017 which stipulates stiffer penalties for rapists in the State as part of an effort to protect women and children against any form of gender-based violence.
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Speaking with Journalists on Friday, the spokesman of Kaduna State House of Assembly, Musa Ahmed said: “With the new law, anyone convicted of rape will have his organ surgically removed so that upon completion of his jail term, he will not be able to commit the crime again.”
He noted that in addition to the castration of the convicted rapist, the new law recommends 21 years imprisonment for the rape of an adult and life imprisonment for the rape of a minor.
The State Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Hafsat Baba, described the approval by the State Assembly as a “welcome development” and said that it will serve as a “deterrent” for rapists.
The Bill will take effect once it has been signed into Law by Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai.
It will be recalled that the Governor had earlier supported castration to prevent rapists from re-committing the crime.