Fe­male cir­cum­ci­sion at­tracts 5-year jail in Ebonyi

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Nabob Og­bonna, Abaka­liki

The Ebonyi State Chief Judge, Jus­tice Al­loy Nwankwo, has pro­nounced five years im­pris­on­ment with op­tion of N2, 000 fine against any per­son caught in the prac­tice of fe­male cir­cum­ci­sion.

Jus­tice Nwankwo who made this dec­la­ra­tion at the of­fi­cial flag-off cam­paign against fe­male gen­i­tal mu­ti­la­tion or­ga­nized by the wife of the state gov­er­nor, Mrs. Racheal Umahi, said the in­ten­tion was to as­sist in end­ing the prac­tice.

He con­demned the act and called par­ents to change or face the wrath of the law as the ju­di­ciary would part­ner with the of­fice of Mrs. Umahi to curb fe­male cir­cum­ci­sion in the state.

Speak­ing also on the oc­ca­sion which was held at the Women De­vel­op­ment Cen­tre (WDC), Abaka­liki, Mrs Umahi de­scribed fe­male gen­i­tal mu­ti­la­tion as a harm­ful tra­di­tional prac­tice against wom­an­hood which must end.

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