kaduna passes castration law

Lawmakers in Nigeria’s Kaduna State have approved surgical castration as punishment for those convicted of raping children under the age of 14. State governor Nasir Ahmad el-Rufai needs to sign the bill for it to become law in the north-western state. He has previously supported castration to prevent rapists from re-offending.The move follows public outrage over a wave of rapes, which prompted the nation’s state governors to declare a state of emergency.

Surgical castration of convicted rapists has been mooted in Nigeria for a while, especially as cases spiked during the recent coronavirus lockdown.There was widespread outrage in July following the murder of a 22-year-old university student who her family say was brutally raped and bludgeoned to death.It was one of several shocking cases within a week that led to street protests, an online petition signed by thousands and a Twitter hashtag #WeAreTired.

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