Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed has disclosed his administration’s plan to amend the State’s rape law and include castration like Kaduna State.
Recently, Bauchi State passed the Violence Against Persons Prohibition (VAPP) bill into law.
The State Governor, on Thursday while speaking with the Minister of Women Affairs and Child Development, Dame Paulen Tallen who paid him an advocacy visit at the Government House, said the State would amend the bill because of the rising cases of gender-based violence, mainly rape in the state.
Mohammed said he would send the VAPP law to the state House of Assembly, noting that areas not properly addressed would be “done to suit our tradition and our societal expectations, because this bill came from there. We have already discussed with the chairperson of the National Council of Women Societies and my wife.
“The VAPP law has been signed and there are some impurities there and implementation is going to be very, very hard. I assure you that we will start the implementation.”
He added that “areas where we find out that the punishments are not adequate the way Kaduna did, we will amend it to include those aspects so that castration will also be part of our own (VAPP law).
“Honestly, I think we better destroy the instrument of rape by going for castration because even when I pardon somebody, I discovered that he was a serial rapist.”