Female Genital Mutilation is not a good practice. I have long stood against it. However I have had issues with the UK’s laws with regards to Female Genital Mutilation. Doctors were told to fight the practice with little or no training or worse? No idea of how to deal with children at risk.
The point is? We don’t want to take children away from parents. We don’t want young girls to get cut. We also don’t want parents to not bring their kids to see the doctor for fear of being arrested.
But that being said? Prosecutions need to occur.
Dr Dhanoun Dharmasena, 31, of Ilford, Essex, will be prosecuted for an alleged offence while working at the Whittington Hospital in London. Hasan Mohamed, 40, of Holloway, north London, faces a charge of intentionally encouraging female genital mutilation.
Dhanoun is alleged to have repaired a case of FGM (it can be done, the clitoris is not fully removed and more can be exposed to restore some pleasure) that he himself performed earlier. While Mohamed is believed to have tried to encourage the procedure and facilitate it.
There are other cases but the Crown Prosecution Service has not taken further action. These include a case where two parents arranged for a FGM while abroad. In another? A suspect contacted a FGM hotline to request the procedure.
Whatever happens it is a landmark case since it is the first case that has come to light since the new laws were put in place. However this needs to be coupled with education of children and adults with regards to the law and why the law exists. The campaign to halt female genital mutilation should also include our countries because it does happen even in the developed world.