The Acting Governor of Kaduna State, Dr Hadiza Balarabe, has said the law to castrate rapists was enacted to serve as a deterrent and to punish offenders. Hence the introduction of sex offenders register in kaduna.
Balarabe, who made the clarification at a town hall meeting organised by the Hausa Service of the Voice of America, on Thursday, said the state also the introduction of sex offenders register in kaduna to name and shame offenders.”
Recall that Governor Nasir El-Rufai had signed the Kaduna State Penal Code (Amendment) Law, 2020, which prescribed surgical castration and removal of fallopian tubes of male and female rapists of minors under 14 years, on September 11, 2020.
The acting governor also said the government had added three more sexual assault referral centres, adding that there were now four of such centres in the state.
The centres, she said, were located at the Yusuf Dantsoho Memorial Hospital, Tudun Wada, Kaduna; Gwamna Awan Hospital, Nasarawa, Kaduna; Hajiya Gambo Sawaba Memorial Hospital, Zaria; and Sir Patrick Yakowa Hospital, Kafanchan.
Balarabe also stated that the government had also established a transit centre for victims of gender-based violence in Barnawa for counselling and psycho-social support.
She counselled parents to take adequate care of their children, emphasising that they would account for how they looked after them in the hereafter.
Also speaking, the state Commissioner for Human Services and Social Development, Hajiya Hafsat Baba, said the State Executive Council had set up a task force headed by the Secretary to the State Government, Balarabe Lawal, to tackle rape cases.
The commissioner said the Human Capital Development Policy Council, which the acting governor chairs weekly, was also tackling the issue, adding that the commissioners of Health, Education and herself were on the committee.
In his part, the Commissioner for Education, Dr Shehu Makarfi, said that government had separated Qur’anic education from street begging in Kaduna state.
Responding to the delay in prosecuting rape cases, the Solicitor-General of Kaduna State, Mr Chris Umar, said the number of high courts and judges to try offenders were inadequate.
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Umar revealed that the entire Southern Kaduna Senatorial District had just one High Court, while the northern district had two, adding that El-Rufai had been advocating the establishment of more courts.
Earlier, the Managing Editor, Hausa Service, Voice of America, Grace Alheri Audu, praised the Kaduna State Government for enacting laws against rape and instituting measures to curb Almajirinci.