Rape victims to get compensation in Kano

RapeThe Kano State House of Assembly on Tuesday approved the amendment to the Kano State Rape Prohibition Bill 2014.

By the amendment, victims of rape would now be paid compensation for the indignity they suffered in the hands of their attackers.

The original bill was passed to law on June 24, 2014 by members of the assembly.

The Majority Leader of the Assembly, Kabiru Alhassan, said that the inclusion of compensation to the victims, which was not in the original law, was to ensure that the victims were also treated fairly.

He said that the amendment stipulated that any person found guilty of rape should be punished with life imprisonment or for any lesser term not below 14 years.

In addition, the culprit shall also be liable to a fine of N200 000.

The law also stipulates that whoever had intercourse against the order of nature with any man, woman or animal shall be punished with imprisonment for a term of 14 years and shall also be liable to a fine of N50 000.