By; ISAAC ODEH, Kaduna
Federation of Muslims Women Association in Nigeria (FOMWAN), Kaduna state Chapter has expressed support for the recent approval of castration As punishment for rapists by Kaduna House of Assembly.
The State Amira of the Association, Pharm Aisha Isyaku Tukur stated this while speaking to the media in Kaduna on Sunday.
According to her, the spate of rape and murder in the country in recent times, is worrisome and such decisive action will put an end to the menace.
Pharm. Aisha Isyaku Tukurexpressed concerns that an average of five rape cases especially minors are recorded in Kaduna State on a daily basis, saying only severe penalties for rapists in the state penal code will serve as a deterrent to others.
She said the rapists today don’t spare anybody because the elderly, youth and infants are not spared, adding that indecent dressing is no longer the cause, because ladies who dress decently are also victims of the menace.
Pharm. Tukur said the Qu’ran enjoins men to protect their wives and women in the society; surprisingly the same men have become threats to the women they ought to protect.
She added that some of the rapists are working free on the streets, therefore calling on law enforcement agencies to ensure that rapists are prosecuted and sentenced.
The Amira commended the efforts of the wife of Kaduna State Governor, Ummi el-Rufai for her fight against rapists in the state.
It would be recalled thatduring a public hearing on the Bill seeking the amendment of the penal code last month, the wife of the Kaduna State Governor, Ummi el-Rufai proposed either castration or death sentence for rapists, even as she described such acts as gross violation of the rights of women and children.
Kaduna State House of Assembly on Friday then went ahead to approve castration as punishment for anybody convicted for rape in the state.
This follows the amendment of the State Penal Code (No.5), law of 2017 which stipulates stiffer penalties for rapists in the state as part of the effort to protect women and children against any form of gender violence.
“Anyone convicted of rape will have his organ surgically removed so that even upon completion of his jail term, he will not be able to commit the crime again,” the spokesman of the House, Musa Ahmed said.
Ahmed said in addition to the castration of the convicted rapist, the new law entails 21 years imprisonment for the rape of an adult and life imprisonment for the rape of a minor.