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Convicts Of Rape Faces Surgical Castration Or Bilateral Salpingectomy; Death Penalty If The Victim Is Under 14 – Kaduna State

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:

  1. Whoever commits rape of a child below the age of fourteen (14) years shall on conviction, be punished with surgical castration and death.
  2. Whoever has sexual intercourse with a male child below the age of fourteen (14) years shall be punished with surgical castration and death.
  3. 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.
  4. Where the victim is above fourteen (14) years, the Court shall on conviction sentence the accused with punishment of surgical Castration and life imprisonment.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

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