Nigerian state, Kaduna announces plans to castrate rape convicts in the state
London, July 8, 2020 (AltAfrica)-The Kaduna state government, Norther Nigeria has begun moves to amend the state’s penal code on rape to include castration, the surgical removal of the manhood (tools of rape) of any person convicted of rape in the state
Governor of the state, Nasiru El-Rufai who announced the move when a group of women advocating justice for rape victims staged a rally at the Government House in Kaduna also said that the justice system of the State would no longer grant bail to anyone on rape trial
“I am happy that our Chief Judge has decided to take that very seriously. We are also working on that and we know that this epidemic of rape and issues related to rape will be a thing of the past,” he stated.
The Governor mentioned that, government already has a very strong legislation against rape in its penal court. It is 21 years for rape of an adult and life imprisonment for the rape of a child.
He said government plans to amend the law to include surgical removal of the tools of rape against any person convicted.
“In addition to life imprisonment or 21 years imprisonment, anyone convicted of rape will have his organ surgically removed so that even after he finishes his term, he will not be able to rape anyone.
“So long as the tools exist, there is the likelihood that he may go back to do it again. Most of the perpetrators are young people, so even after 21 years they can come back and continue,” the governor explained.
Governor El-Rufai said a Member of the State House of Assembly has already drafted a bill proposing the castration and government will look into it.
“This measure is necessary as most cases of rape fail to get convicted because the witnesses disappear or their parents and the communities cover up due to the stigma surrounding rape”.
“We have made it clear that we will protect the faces and identities of the victims and survivals of rape so there is no problem testifying in court. You will testify behind the screen so nobody will know who you are or your face”, he assured.
The Governor called on parents to instill good morals in their children and as well give women their rights and the respect they deserve.
Saratu Abdulaziz, spokesperson, Coalition of Women Group, Voice of Women said they were at the Government House to seek the Governor’s support to end the incessant cases of rape in the State.
She expressed sadness over the rise on rape issues which pose serious danger in the society
“People cover up rape cases which are not good for us; we are therefore calling on all victims to always voice out so that they get the justice they deserve,” she added.