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A governor of a state in Nigeria has signed a new law to address the increasing rape in the country.
Anyone convicted of rape in Kaduna State will now face surgical castration, and raping a child under the age of 14 will face a death penalty.
Governor Nasir El-Rufai said, “drastic penalties are required to help further protect children from serious crime.”
There has been increasingly reported cases of rapes in Nigeria, following the lockdown caused by Coronavirus.
Groups had called for a stricter penalty, including the death penalty for rapists in the country.
El-Rufai new law is the toughest so far against rape in Africa’s most populous nation.
The new law also states that a woman convicted of rape of a child under 14 will face the removal of her fallopian tubes.
The newly amended penal code also carries life imprisonment for anyone convicted of raping someone over the age of 14.
The previous law carries 21 years imprisonment for an adult rape and life imprisonment for the rape of a child.