Nigerian state says rapists will face surgical castration; death penalty if victims are under 14

The governor of a state in Nigeria has enacted a new law that imposes surgical castration on convicted rapists and the death penalty on those whose victims are under age 14. This news has polarized the digirati drawing praise from some, and accusations of “legislative sadism” from others.

Men convicted of raping children under age 14 will have their testicles surgically removed before being executed, under legislation that the governor of Kaduna state signed on Wednesday. Women will have their fallopian tubes cut out. Many Nigerians clamoring for action in the face of a countrywide rape crisis have greeted the new law enthusiastically, but critics say it is a populist move incompatible with the country’s Constitution.  


The new law in Nigeria comes two days after Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan suggested surgical castration as a punishment following the violent gang rape of a woman who ran out of gas on a deserted highway in the country’s Punjab province. 

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