Sunday, April 22, 2012

Female Genital Mutilation 'Offered by UK Medics'

The Times link is behind a pay-wall.

Female genital mutilation 'offered by UK medics'

GP, dentist and alternative medicine practitioner are filmed allegedly offering to carry out or arrange FGM
22 April 2012

Waris Dirie, a model who campaigns against FGM, said: 'If a white girl is abused, police break down the door. If a black girl is mutilated, no one takes care of her.'

As many as 100,000 women in Britain have undergone female genital mutilations (FGM) with medics in the UK offering to carry out the illegal procedure on girls as young as 10, it has been reported.

Investigators from the Sunday Times said they had secretly filmed a doctor, dentist and alternative medicine practitioner who were allegedly willing to perform FGM or arrange for the operation to be carried out. The doctor and dentist deny any wrongdoing.

The practice, which involves the surgical removal of external genitalia and in some cases the stitching of the vaginal opening, is illegal in Britain and carries up to a 14-year prison sentence. It is also against the law to arrange FGM.

The procedure is widespread across parts of Africa. Victims are rarely given anaesthetic and frequently suffer long-term damage and pain.

Research suggests that every year more than 22,000 girls in the UK and up to 6,000 in London are at risk of the potentially fatal procedure.

The Metropolitan police said that since 2008 it had received 166 reports of people who feared they were at risk of FGM. Across all 43 forces in England and Wales, no one has ever been convicted of the offence, according to the Sunday Times.

The newspaper added that only two doctors had been struck off by the General Medical Council since 1980.

According to Forward, a charity which campaigns against FGM, an estimated 100,000 women in the UK have undergone mutilation.

The model Waris Dirie, who was mutilated as a child, is a vociferous opponent of the practice.

Calling for a crackdown on FGM, she said: "If a white girl is abused, the police come break down the door. If a black girl is mutilated, nobody takes care of her. This is what I call racism." Guardian


Joe Daniels said...

Look at the first names of the perpetrators/middlemen (and I mean middle MEN) that the investigation uncovered: Mohammed, Ali and Omar [Sheikh Mohammed]: did the ST miss a trick on the origins of female genital mutilation in the UK, or are they hoping that their readers would join the dots?

Himself said...

Good morning,

It took me a while to figure out where you got your info/referral from, I don't subscribe to the ST myself.

I don't for a minute think it's a case of leaving it up to the reader to draw his own conclusions, although I can only speak loosely not having read the original.

I fancy it's more BBC syndrome as much as anything; we mustn't upset the misogynists and troglodytes at any cost. Such sensitive souls don't you know, just want to be left alone so they can subjugate their women in peace.

BBC reveals huge scale of honour attacks in Britain, fails to mention the word “Islam”

Anonymous said...

NEW DELHI: Eleven years ago, Farida Bano was circumcised by an aunt on a bunk bed in her family home at the end of her 10th birthday party.

By an aunt! Monstrous woman, I guess she has pictures of her religious leaders.

Himself said...

Hi Maren,

I have updated this post with new links. You may be able to access the clips without registering, but if you can't it only takes a minute and is well worth doing.

There is a host of other stuff to be found there as well.

All tagged FGM

Anonymous said...


Abstimmung im Bundestag: Härtere Strafe bei Genitalverstümmelung

Himself said...

Thanks Maren for all your linkies.

It's nine of the clock and I'm fading fast, another few minutes and then the feathers I think. (then awake about two)

Goodnight me lovely. xxx