Legislators in Kaduna State of Nigeria have given approved surgical castration as punishment for people convicted of raping children under the age of 14.
Nasir Ahmad el-Rufai who is the state governor needs to sign the bill for it to become law in the north-western state.
He has previously given his support to castration so as to prevent rapists from re-offending.
The move follows public outrage over a wave of rapes, which called to play the nation’s state governors to declare a state of emergency.
The Federal law of Nigeria provides between 14 years and life imprisonment as punishment, but state lawmakers can set different sentencing rules.
Stigma often prevents victims from reporting incidents of rape in Nigeria and the number of successful prosecutions is down.