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Katsina Stipulates Death Penalty For Rape

MasariKatsina State Government has stipulated death penalty for anyone found guilty of rape in the state. The technical committee working on the domestication of ‘Child Rights Act’ made this known today, Monday.

The Secretary of the committee, Hajiya Fatima Jibo, who presented the final draft of the bill known as ‘Katsina State Child Protection Bill’ to the Commissioner of Women Affairs, Dr. Badiyya Mashi, for onward delivery to Governor Bello Masari, said that the death sentence is applicable where the sexually abused child is under the age of nine.

Quoting from the draft, she said: “whoever sexually abuses a child commits an offence and shall be liable on conviction to be sentenced to death.” [myad]