New Nigerian law requires surgical castration for convicted rapists

by Peter Heck · Sep 22nd, 2020 10:11 am

Last Updated Sep 23rd, 2020 at 10:07 am

Saying that "drastic penalties are required" to protect children, Gov. Nasir Ahmad el-Rufai of Nigeria's Kaduna state announced a new law that carries a harsh penalty for sexual assault. Convicted rapists will now be subject to surgical castration and will face the death penalty if the victim is under the age of 14.

The law change also included an increased maximum prison sentence for rape to lifetime incarceration, up from the previous 21-year sentence.

If a woman commits the offense of raping a child under 14, Kaduna state will now punish her with a bilateral salpingectomy, which removes the fallopian tubes.

? The law is reminiscent of the controversial "chemical castration" bill signed by Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey last year in the United States. That law was to be enforced as a condition of parole for convicted child molesters. Seven other American states have similar laws on the books, but they are rarely, if ever, enforced.


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