Women who have been subjected to Female Genital Mutilation, FGM, are calling on the Indian government to make the ritual illegal.
Although FGM is more commonly associated with African nations, campaigners say that cutting is common amongst the Dawoodi Bohra community in India.
The procedure, which is known as Khatna in India, involves cutting the clitoris usually from a child or young teenager.
Author: Siobhan Fenton
A woman who burnt her daughter's private parts for refusing to undergo FGM is being sought by police in Imenti North, Meru county.
The 13-year-old was allegedly beaten with a hot machete last weekend, after she attended an alternative rites of passage training organized by Kithoka St Joseph Catholic Church and SOS children’s home in Meru.
Rose Kathure, a social worker at SOS, said the girl was among 137 others aged between 13 and 16 who attended the event from December 26-30.
Author: KIRIMI MURITHI
NEW DELHI: A group of women have started a campaign via an online petition to end the ritual of female genetic mutilation. The women from India have addressed the petition to Maneka Gandhi, Minister of Women and child Development, and the two ministries of Law & Justice and Health & Safety.
Masooma Ranalvi, the 49 year old organizer of the campaign, herself was mutilated when she was just seven years old. The tradition is usually associated with the tribes of North Africa but there are other sects which secretly have been believed to be engaged in it.
Author: The Citizen Bureau
Just as Anti-FGM board chairperson Linah Chebii Kilimo was receiving an award for her resilient fight against female genital mutilation last month, there were reports of a massive resurgence of the practice in her rural home in Elgeyo Marakwet County.
An estimated 1,200 girls aged between 10 and 16 were mutilated leading to the death of one of them and hospitalisation of several others.
This was the largest number of girls ever circumcised in the area in a decade and it clearly signified the resurgence of the vice that had somehow died down thanks to the work of several stakeholders.
Author: MATHEWS NDANYI
Monrovia - A local female group, Girls Alliance for Future Leadership, has called for tougher legislation that will criminalize female genital mutilation in Liberia. The head of the group, Bendu Joseph, said that a national psycho-social counselling and rehabilitation programs for victims, a private prosecutorial office to speedily prosecute all forceful FGM conscription and free primary and secondary education for girls victimized by FGM should be prioritized by the Government of Liberia.
Author: Bettie K. Johnson
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