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Kaduna: religious leaders warn against castration of rapists

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… Islam does not prescribe castration’- Maraya

… how KSHA insists that the rapist’s organ be surgically removed

Religious leaders warn against castration of rapists
An illustration of a rape incident.

By Ibrahim HassanWuyo

As the Kaduna State House of Assembly, KSHA, approved castration as punishment for anyone convicted of rape in the state, the President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, in Kaduna, the Rev. John Joseph Hayab has said that castration as a punishment for such a crime could present humans as barbarians.

Similarly, Kaduna Islamic scholar Sheihk Haliru Maraya said that the religion of Islam does not prescribe castration as a punishment for rape.

According to Reverend Hayab, “the wrong that the rapist is doing is inhuman and condemnable by all reasonable human beings. The punishment of castration can also make us present ourselves as barbarians. Nigeria and Kaduna State are part of a global family in which a certain form of punishment is seen as going against human dignity, although the crime of rape is serious, our approach to discipline and correction must be with good understanding “.

“I wish our legislators would suggest such a punishment for those who are robbing the commonwealth of Nigeria. Therefore, I wish to appeal to the KDSHA to think of a more appropriate punishment that meets international and humane standards, ”he said.

Previously, the Kaduna State House of Assembly approved castration as a punishment for anyone convicted of rape in the state.

This House also approved 21 years in prison and life imprisonment for adult and juvenile rapists, respectively.

This followed the amendment to the State Penal Code (No. 5), a 2017 law that stipulated more severe penalties for rapists in the state as part of the effort to protect women and children against any form of gender-based violence.

Musa Ahmed, a House spokesman, told reporters in Kaduna on Friday.

that “with the new law, any person convicted of rape will have their organ surgically removed so that, even at the end of their sentence, they cannot commit the crime again.”

“In addition to the castration of the convicted rapist, the new law recommends 21 years in prison for the rape of an adult and life imprisonment for the rape of a minor,” he said.

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