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Rapists to be castrated and killed or jailed for life in new law signed by Kaduna Govt.

Surgical castration, new punishment for rape in Kaduna - Photo source: www.medindia.net

By Our Reporter

September 17, 2020 - Gov. Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State, in the Northern part of Nigeria, has signed a new law which prescribes very still still penalty including death sentences for persons found guilty of rape, especially of a minor.

The law provides surgical castration for a male and removal of Fallopian tubes of a female found guilty and convicted of raping a minor under the age of 14.

The principal law, the Penal Code Law No. 5 of Kaduna State 2017, was amended by substituting Section 258, to now provide that, “whoever commits rape of a child below the age of fourteen (14) years shall on conviction, be punished with Surgical Castration and death.

“Whoever has sexual intercourse with a male child below the age of fourteen years shall be punished with surgical castration and death.

“Where a female adult is convicted for the offence of rape of a child, the Court shall punish the accused with Bilateral Salpingectomy and death.

“Where the victim is above fourteen years, the Court shall on conviction sentence the accused with a punishment of surgical castration and life imprisonment.

“Where the convict is a child, the Court shall order as appropriate under the Children and Young Person Law Cap 26 Laws of Kaduna State 1991.

“Where the victim is a child, the Court shall in addition to the conviction, order that the convict be listed in the Sex Offenders Register to be published by the Attorney General.

“Where the Court is trying the offence of rape involving a child below the age of fourteen years, corroboration of a medical report shall be necessary.”

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