Thursday, September 17, 2020

R.a.p.e: Governor El-Rufai signs castration bill in Kaduna

Governor Nasir El-Rufai, has signed the Kaduna State Penal Code (Amendment) Law 2020 for surgical castration for male rapists and bilateral salpingectomy for their female counterparts in the State.

The amendment also updates the penalties for the offence of the r.a.p.e of a child.

Mr Muyiwa Adekeye, Special Adviser on Media and Communication to governor El-Rufai noted that these new provisions include the punishments of surgical castration and bilateral salpingectomy for male and female convicts of child r.a.p.e.

The statement added that the convicts would be listed in the S.e.x Offenders Register to be published by the Attorney-General of the State.

The statement titled, ‘Kaduna Update: Gov El-Rufai signs amended Rape Law of Kaduna State,’ stated that following Malam El-Rufai’s assent to the amended law on 11th September 2020, the new law has come into effect in Kaduna State.

It introduces stricter punishments than the previous law which carried a maximum penalty of 21 years imprisonment for the r.a.p.e of an adult and life imprisonment for the r.a.p.e of a child.

Under the amended law, according to the statement, the punishment for the r.a.p.e of a person older than 14 years will include surgical castration or removal of fallopian tubes, stressing that the death penalty shall not apply.

The statement further explained, “In cases where the rape convict is also a child, the court shall order an appropriate punishment under the Children and Young Persons Law Cap 26, Laws of Kaduna State 1991.”

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