Kaduna Assembly gives nod to surgical castration, life imprisonment for rapists

Kaduna State House of Assembly has approved castration as punishment for individuals found guilty of rape in the state.

This comes after the lawmakers approved 21 years jail term and life imprisonment for rapists of adults and minors respectively.

This 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 the effort to protect women and children against any form of gender violence.

Spokesman of the Assembly, Musa Ahmed, announced this while speaking with journalists in Kaduna yesterday.

According to him, “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 said 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.

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