The Kaduna State House of Assembly has on Friday, 11 September, approved castration as punishment for anybody convicted of rape in the state.

This comes after the amendment of the State Penal Code (No.5), law of 2017 which stipulates stiffer penalties for rapists in the state as part of their effort to protect women and children from any form of gender violence.

“Anyone convicted of rape will have his organ surgically removed so that even upon completion of his jail term, will not be able to commit the crime again,” the spokesman of the House, Musa Ahmed said.

Ahmed also said that the convicted rapist, in the new law will serve a twenty-one-year jail term for the rape of an adult and life imprisonment for the rape of a minor.

The wife of the Kaduna state Governor, Ummi El-Rufai, during a public hearing on the Bill seeking the amendment of the penal code last month, proposed either castration or death sentence for rapists. She described such act as a gross violation of the rights of women and children.

The governor’s wife noted that only severe penalties for rapists in the state penal code will serve as a deterrent to others as she expressed concern that an average of five rape cases especially minors are recorded in Kaduna State on daily basis,