There’s been an arrest in an FGM case in the UK, which could result in the first ever prosecution there.
The victim was five weeks old.
Sources say the victim’s age is unprecedented and extensive efforts are being made to gather the evidence needed to bring charges. The barbaric practice — which can involve the removal of all or parts of the labia and clitoris or the sewing up of the vagina — has been illegal in Britain since 1985.
No charges have been brought since then as secrecy and a lack of reporting have hindered police efforts to enforce the law.
Detectives believe evidence about the mutilation of the baby girl could now lead to a breakthrough and have submitted a file to prosecutors. But because the surgery was carried out overseas they are still unsure whether charges can be brought.
Five weeks old.