Nigerian State Says Rapists Will Face Surgical Castration
LAGOS, Nigeria: The governor of Nigerias Kaduna state has signed a law saying men convicted of rape will face surgical castration, and anyone raping a child under age 14 will face the death penalty.
Gov. Nasir Ahmad el-Rufai said the drastic penalties are required to help further protect children from a serious crime.
Kaduna states new law is the strictest against rape in Nigeria, Africas most populous country.
The state’s newly amended penal code also says a person convicted of raping someone over age 14 will face life imprisonment.
The previous law carried a maximum penalty of 21 years imprisonment for the rape of an adult and life imprisonment for the rape of a child.
A woman convicted of rape of a child under 14 faces the removal of her fallopian tubes.
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