BEVERLY HILLS, September 16, (THEWILL) – The Governor of Kaduna State, Nasiru El-rufai Wednesday signed into a bill that prescribes surgical castration and death for anyone who rapes a minor or has sexual intercourse with one. The law also prescribes a similar penalty for anyone convicted of raping a grown up.
The bill was recently passed by the State House of Assembly to halt the rising trend of rape and sexual abuse in the state.
Excerpts of the Bill: “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 years shall be punished with surgical castration and death.
Where 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 years, the Court shall on conviction sentence the accused with a 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, order that the convict be listed in the Sex Offenders Register to be published by the Attorney General.
Where the Court is trying the offence of rape involving a child below the age of fourteen years, corroboration of a medical report shall be necessary. The Kaduna State Penal Code (Amendment) Law 2020 amends the Penal Code Law (No.5) of Kaduna State, 2017 by substituting section 258 as follows…”