Kaduna State to Implement Severe Punishments for r3pist
In a striking announcement, the Kaduna State Government has unveiled stringent measures against perpetrators of gender-based violence, revealing plans to impose castration for male r3pists and bilateral salpingectomy for their female counterparts.
Mrs. Rabi Salisu, the State Commissioner for the Ministry of Human Services and Social Development, disclosed these punitive actions during a press briefing on Tuesday in Kaduna.
The revelation came at the Gender-Based Stakeholders Meeting/Conference, a collaborative effort between the ministry and the Centre for Integrated and Health Programmes (CIHP).
Salisu highlighted that these severe measures were explicitly outlined in the Kaduna State Government Violence Against Persons Prohibition Law (VAPPL) of 2018.
She emphasized that the law’s implementation followed extensive advocacy, lobbying, and awareness campaigns conducted by civil society organizations in tandem with relevant government agencies.
Citing the surge in reported cases of violence against women and girls (VAWG) in Kaduna State since the law’s enactment in December 2018, Salisu linked the rise to heightened awareness about VAWG and the availability of the law for prosecution.
The commissioner underscored the alarming escalation in gender-based violence cases within the state, citing statistics from the National Gender-Based Violence (GBV) Data Situation Room and dashboard, which reported a total of 832 cases in 2023 thus far.
Additionally, Salisu emphasized the significance of the 16-day period between November 25 and December 10, acknowledged globally as the ‘Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign’.
She highlighted November 25 as the Orange the World Day, a part of the UNiTE to End Violence against Women Campaign, symbolizing a future free of violence and solidarity in eradicating all forms of violence against women and girls.
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This announcement comes amidst a concerted effort by the Kaduna State Government to address the escalating menace of gender-based violence and marks a resolute stance against such heinous acts.
The implementation of these stringent measures aims to serve as a deterrent and ensure justice for victims while sending a clear message that such abhorrent crimes will not be tolerated within the state.