Men in India and Pakistan are joining a campaign to end female genital mutilation (FGM), adding greater heft to the movement in the deeply patriarchal Dawoodi Bohra community.
Little is known about FGM in India where the ritual is carried out in great secrecy by the close-knit Shi’ite Muslim sect thought to number over 1 million.
A petition to end FGM, part of a campaign led by Masooma Ranalvi, a woman who was cut as a seven-year-old, has drawn thousands of male signatories, while its companion group on Facebook has scores of men speaking out against the ritual that remains cloaked in secrecy.
Author RINA CHANDRAN
A retired nurse, a mother of two girls and a Dawoodi Bohra community leader have each been sentenced to a maximum 15 months in prison after Australia’s first criminal prosecution for female genital mutilation.
A former midwife, Kubra Magennis, and a woman who cannot be named were found guilty in November of carrying out FGM on two girls, the woman’s daughters, between 2009 and 2012.
Author: Michael Safi
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Child rights activist and Nobel peace prize laureate Kailash Satyarthi, who was present in Mumbai on Tuesday, spoke to DNA about several issues, including female genital mutilation (FGM).
Talking about the issue, Satyarthi said: "Cultural barriers globally imposed on children in the name of religion must stop. In FGM, rights and dignity of children, especially young girls come under risk." He also said that "such practices in the longer run can be hazardous in a lot of ways and progressive leaders must speak out against it".
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According to the UN, if the practice continues in this way, another 15 million adolescents aged between 15 and 19, will suffer from these procedures by 2030, defined as any alteration or injury to the female genitals for reasons other than medical.
The consequences of the practice, that is usually performed fundamentally any time between infancy and the age of 15, include bleeding, cysts, infections, infertility and complications in childbirth. The problem is concentrated in 30 countries, primarily in Africa and the Middle East, although it is also present in other parts of the world, and is often linked to religious beliefs and traditions.
Author: Waldo Mendiluza
Barely two months after the government pronounced the ban on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in the country, two suspects were yesterday indicted and remanded in custody for allegedly practising FGM.
Sunkaru Darboe and Saffiatou Darboe were arraigned before principal magistrate Omar Cham at the Banjul Magistrates' Court, charged with conspiracy to commit felony, prohibition of female circumcision, and accomplices to female circumcision.
Author: Bakary Samateh