Unic Press UK: Kaduna State in North West geopolitical region of Nigeria has enacted a law which provides a surgical “castration” [removal of testicles] for men and “bilateral salpingectomy” [removal of Fallopian tubes] for women; and a death penalty in some cases of rape.
The new law, which came into force on 11 September 2020, has amended Section 258 of the Penal Code Law No. 5 2017. The law stipulates 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 (14) years shall be punished with surgical castration and death.
- Where is 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 (14) years, the Court shall on conviction sentence the accused with 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 under sub-section (1) & (2) order that the convict be listed in the Sex Offenders Register to be published in the media by the Attorney General.
- Where the Court is trying the offence of rape involving a child below the age of fourteen (14) years corroboration of medical report shall be necessary.
Malam Nasir @elrufai has signed the Kaduna State Penal Code (Amendment) Law 2020 which provides stiff penalties upon conviction for the rape of a child, including surgical castration for male convicts and bilateral salpingectomy for female convicts pic.twitter.com/m86UXi4dEg
— Governor Kaduna (@GovKaduna) September 16, 2020