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100,000 women undergo female genital mutilation in the UK

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    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...y-Britain.html

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2012/ap...?newsfeed=true


    'Known as 'cutting', the procedure is traditionally carried out for cultural reasons and in Africa and with large numbers of immigration from countries like Sudan, Somalia and Ethiopia it is becoming more common in the UK.

    It is believed to be proof of a girl's 'purity' for when she marries, but victims often suffer in silence and are rarely given anaesthetic.

    They frequently suffer long-term damage and pain and often struggle to stand or walk properly.

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

    The Metropolitan Police said since 2008, it had received 166 reports of people who fear they are at risk of FGM but it has failed to bring forward a single perpetrator.

    Only two doctors have ever been struck off by The General Medical Council since 1980.

    The Sunday Times uncovered a respected dentist who was prepared to circumcise two girls, aged 10 and 13 and a GP who referred an undercover reporter to the dentist.

    They also spoke to a supplier who deals in alternative medicine who offered to circumcise a 10 year-old girl for £750.

    A midwife in Birmingham also said she had seen the number of mutilations in the area treble since 2002.

    Alison Byrne, a specialist midwife at the Birmingham's Heartlands hospital who has helped pioneer treatment for women suffering from the condition said she has had patients aged between 16 and 40.

    She said she had some women who had been left with an opening the size of a matchstick through which to pass urine and menstrual blood.

    Ms Byrne added that as a result many of the women developed severe infections and can continuously bleed for days on end.'




    what do you think of this, why is the law letting people torture others and doing nothing?
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    Just out of interest, what does this "GENITAL" mutilation consist of?
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    Something similar is done in Asia except that they close-up the virgina completely. The practice is certainly barbaric, a relic of the past, and it is commonly justified by some kind of ignorant superstition.
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    (Original post by ebam_uk)
    Just out of interest, what does this "GENITAL" mutilation consist of?
    why dont you read the article it tells you. a mutilation of the clitoris and labia and sometimes sewn up.
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    (Original post by badcheesecrispy)
    what do you think of this, why is the law letting people torture others and doing nothing?
    The law isn't, it is illegal to do this, and carries a maximum of 14 years imprisonment (Female Genital Mutilation Act 2003), it's more to do with the fact that the person who procures a genital mutilation of a girl is usually trusted by that girl, so she wouldn't go to police/hospital if she is told it is needed to be done.
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    Humans... :facepalm:
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    This is a barbaric cultural practice
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    (Original post by RowingGoose)
    Religion... :facepalm:
    Fixed.

    No need to beat around the bush here - it is what it is.
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    (Original post by zaliack)
    The law isn't, it is illegal to do this, and carries a maximum of 14 years imprisonment (Female Genital Mutilation Act 2003), it's more to do with the fact that the person who procures a genital mutilation of a girl is usually trusted by that girl, so she wouldn't go to police/hospital if she is told it is needed to be done.
    yes that is true but also the police and others have been taking a blind eye.
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    (Original post by ali7861012)
    This is a barbaric cultural practice
    yes it is but why has it been allowed to so blatantly happen just for the sake of not offending anyone. it is evil seems these girls do not get a better life at all when they are here. they see justice from no one not even uk government.
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    (Original post by HSG1992)
    Fixed.

    No need to beat around the bush here - it is what it is.
    Agreed. This happens for ridiculous religious reasons.

    That said not all religion is the same, and all have different branches. It is fortunately not a majority view of any religion in our country.
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    (Original post by HSG1992)
    Fixed.

    No need to beat around the bush here - it is what it is.

    (Original post by badcheesecrispy)
    'Known as 'cutting', the procedure is traditionally carried out for cultural reasons......
    Its got nothing to do with religion, its culture.
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    so they stitch the vagina together ? :confused:
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    (Original post by HSG1992)
    Fixed.

    No need to beat around the bush here - it is what it is.
    It's not a religious problem, it's a cultural problem. There's a difference.

    This is such an insane concept, and I'm astounded that so many girls go through it and don't speak up.
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    (Original post by HSG1992)
    Fixed.

    No need to beat around the bush here - it is what it is.
    1) It's actually more cultural than religious.
    2) Religion? Oh so Christianity and Buddhism encourages FGM too? Wise up.
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    Whats with all the circumcision threads lately?
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    (Original post by ali7861012)
    Its got nothing to do with religion, its culture.
    ???? didnt say it did!!!! what are you on about???
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    (Original post by NuckingFut)
    Whats with all the circumcision threads lately?
    Well i posted this because:

    1. it is illegal in this country carrying up to 14 years in prison.
    2. It is happening in the uk to probably uk citizens and nothing is being done
    3. it is another unfortunate product of the mass immigration
    4. it is evil, classes as torture and is an alien cultural concept that we are not used to
    5. it is a worthy topic of debate.
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    (Original post by badcheesecrispy)
    She said she had some women who had been left with an opening the size of a matchstick through which to pass urine and menstrual blood.
    Awful of course, absolutely horrific and something needs to be done. But I'm a little confused by this part.

    Correct me of I'm wrong, but isn't the urethra (pee hole as opposed to vaginal opening) already tiny? Doesn't menstrual fluid exit via the vagina and urine through the urethra? :confused:

    Just a little thing but it's been bugging me.
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    (Original post by buchanan700)
    Awful of course, absolutely horrific and something needs to be done. But I'm a little confused by this part.

    Correct me of I'm wrong, but isn't the urethra (pee hole as opposed to vaginal opening) already tiny? Doesn't menstrual fluid exit via the vagina and urine through the urethra? :confused:

    Just a little thing but it's been bugging me.
    My thoughts exactly!

    As much as this is a terrible thing and a massive issue, these article/statistics are so ambiguous and badly written. The mistake above is one thing, but also there's so many figures in the report and they're not very clear at all.

    '100,000 women have undergone the procedure', since when? Ever? Up to 22,000 are 'at risk'...whatever that means. I think with this being such an awful issue that more people should be aware of it, the figures and claims in the report aren't communicated well enough.

    On a lighter note, that graph actually paints a very positive picture. According to that, the cases of FGM in those countries have decreased mostly by 1/3 to 1/2 in the past generation, which is surely a good start?

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