A law has been signed by the governor of the Nigerian state of Kaduna specifying that men convicted of rape will face surgical castration, and that anyone raping a child under the age of 14 will face the death penalty.
Gov. Nasir Ahmad el-Rufai said that “drastic penalties are required to help further protect children from a serious crime.”
During the months of coronavirus restrictions, recorded instances of rape in Nigeria have increased drastically. Women’s advocates have advocated for stricter measures, including the death penalty, against rapists.
The previous law imposed a maximum sentence of 21 years in prison for an adult’s rape and life imprisonment for a child’s rape.