Not before time, Britain has finally prosecuted Muslim individuals for the barbaric act of female genital mutilation. Despite being illegal in the UK since 1985 and as many as 66,000 victims of FGM living here. Amazingly until now there has been no prosecutions for this disgusting Islamic practice.
FGM is violence against women and we must eradicate this harmful and unacceptable practice from our infidel society. When it is done on girls which most FGM is, then it is a form of child abuse with many long-term consequences both physical and psychological. Muslim parents who arrange for their daughters privates to be butchered in the name of Islam should be hauled before the court and the child taken into care by social services. There should be no difference in law between them and an evil parent who beats their child black and blue.
Lets hope this first case opens the floodgates to a whole load more of prosecutions against those involved in the savage FGM of girls.
Britain prosecutes first female genital mutilation case
AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE
Published — Friday 21 March 2014
Last update 21 March 2014 6:11 pm
LONDON: A London doctor and another man have become the first people to be charged in Britain over female genital mutilation, state prosecutors announced on Friday.
Dr. Dhanuson Dharmasena, 31, is accused of re-performing an FGM procedure on a woman who gave birth at his hospital in November 2012 following damage caused by labor.
Another man, Hasan Mohamed, 40, is accused of intentionally encouraging an offense of FGM, and of aiding, abetting, counselling or procuring Dharmasena to commit the offense.
It was not immediately clear what Mohamed’s relationship to the victim was, but he is not a health care professional.
“It was alleged that following a patient giving birth in November 2012, a doctor at the Whittington Hospital, in London, repaired FGM that had previously been performed on the patient, allegedly carrying out FGM himself,” said Alison Saunders, director of public prosecutions.
“Having carefully considered all the available evidence, I have determined there is sufficient evidence and it would be in the public interest to prosecute Dr. Dhanuson Dharmasena.”
Both Dharmasena, from Essex, east of London, and Mohamed, from north London, will appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on April 15.
Some 100 to 140 million girls and women globally are thought to have undergone FGM, which ranges from removal of the clitoris to more widespread mutilation, and can lead to infection and long-term severe pain.
FGM has been illegal in Britain since 1985 but no-one has ever been prosecuted.
There have been increasing calls on police and the government to act, and last month ministers introduced a new requirement on British hospitals to keep a record of patients who have been subjected to FGM.
The latest Department of Health figures from 2007 suggest that 66,000 women in England and Wales are living with the consequences of FGM, and a further 23,000 girls under the age of 15 are at risk every year.
FGM was first made illegal in Britain under a 1985 law, which was extended in 2003 to make it an offense for British nationals or permanent residents to carry out FGM abroad or seek FGM abroad, even where it is legal.
The maximum penalty is 14 years in jail.
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