If a new draft bill by the Katsina State Government is passed into law, rapist will from now on face the death penalty in the state.
The technical committee working on the domestication of ‘Child Rights Act’ said the state government has passed a resolution to condemn rapist to death.
The Secretary of the committee, Hajiya Fatima Jibo, made the disclosure while presenting 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.
Hajiya Jibo explained 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.”