Doctors in UK to be investigated over female circumcision claims
Mark Hennessy – Irish Times – Monday, 23 April 2012
POLICE IN London and the west midlands are to launch an investigation following the emergence of recordings showing a doctor and dentist offering to carry out, or arrange, female genital mutilation (FGM) on young girls.
The majority of British-based victims are from Egyptian, Ethiopian, Somalian and Sudanese families, while young girls from Nigerian, Kenyan, Togolese and Senegalese backgrounds are also at risk, says lobby group Forward.
Up to 100,000 women in the UK are alleged to have been forced to undergo the procedure – defined by the World Health Organisation as “all procedures that involve partial or total removal of the external female genitalia, or other injury to the female genital organs” – often without anaesthetic . . .
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