The state assembly in Kaduna, in north-western Nigeria, has approved full surgical castration as punishment for those convicted of raping children under 14.

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State commissioner for woman’s affairs and social development, Hafsat Baba, described the approval by the state assembly as a “welcome development” and said that it will serve as “deterrent” for rapists.

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State governor Nasir Ahmad el-Rufai will now need to sign the bill for it to become law in the state.

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In June, Nigerian governors declared a state of emergency over rape and violence against women and children in the country.

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The number of successful prosecutions of rape suspects remains low and stigma often prevents victims from reporting incidents.

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