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Kaduna Assembly approves castration of convicted rapists

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The Kaduna State House of Assembly has approved full surgical castration as punishment for those convicted of rape in the State.

The State Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Hafsat Baba, described the approval by the state assembly as a welcome development, adding that it would serve as deterrent for rapists.

The State Governor, Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai will now need to sign the bill for it to become a law in the State.

Recall that Nigerian governors have declared a state of emergency in June, over rape and violence against women and children in the country.

The number of successful prosecutions of rape suspects remains low and stigma often prevents victims from reporting incidents.

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