Lifestyle Health and Wellbeing 07 Feb 2017 Female genital mutil ...

Female genital mutilation happens every hour in the UK

DECCAN CHRONICLE
Published Feb 7, 2017, 5:25 pm IST
Updated Feb 7, 2017, 5:58 pm IST
Many girls who had undergone the procedure years ago and it wasn’t found by the doctors when tested earlier
Out of the thousands of women coming to be checked, there was one person with FGM every 92 minutes. (Photo: Pixabay)
 Out of the thousands of women coming to be checked, there was one person with FGM every 92 minutes. (Photo: Pixabay)

Genital mutilation in females has its roots deep in rural and urban areas but the dangers are often ignored leading to serious injuries. Many women are at the receiving end of the illegal practice and a recent report has said that in England at least one genital mutilation that happens every hour.

According to a report in the Independent, the National Health Statistics (NHS) revealed that out of the thousands of women coming to be checked, there was one person with FGM every 92 minutes. There were also many girls who had undergone the procedure years ago and it wasn’t found by the doctors when tested earlier, which was really surprising. While there is constant awareness being raised regarding the subject, it is yet prevalent in many countries in the world. Though it has been illegal to carry out FGM’s in the UK since 1985, nobody has been prosecuted yet for the crime.

 

Sarah Champion, shadow secretary of state for women, said that unless there is a conviction in the country, it would not be treated as child abuse. While the UK has made better laws, there are not many that are being reported.

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