Suf­fer­ing in Si­lence

Termed as a ba­sic vi­o­la­tion of hu­man rights, fe­male gen­i­tal mu­ti­la­tion is a com­mon prac­tice in Mum­bai.

Southasia - - FEATURE INDIA -

Known as fe­male cir­cum­ci­sion, gen­i­tal cut­ting, fe­male ex­ci­sion or cli­toral mu­ti­la­tion, fe­male gen­i­tal mu­ti­la­tion (FGM) is an old rit­ual, which is still prac­ticed in many parts of the world.

Ac­cord­ing to the WHO, FGM is prac­ticed in more than 27 coun­tries of sub-Sa­ha­ran Africa, such as Côte d'Ivoire, Cameroon, Liberia, Togo, Guinea-Bis­sau, Kenya, São Tomé and Príncipe, the Demo­cratic Re­pub­lic of Congo and many oth­ers.

48

By Faizan Us­mani

As per the Or­chard Project, an in­ter­na­tional ad­vo­cacy group, FGM is also prac­ticed in some parts of the Mid­dle East and South­east Asia and is com­mon in some Asian and African im­mi­grant pop­u­la­tions cur­rently liv­ing in Aus­tralia, Europe, North Amer­ica, Canada and the United States.

Ac­cord­ing to the Pop­u­la­tion Coun­cil, an es­ti­mated to­tal of 100 to 140 mil­lion women and girls be­tween ages 15 and 19 have un­der­gone a form of gen­i­tal mu­ti­la­tion and if the trend con­tin­ues it will af­fect around 3 three mil­lion girls each year world­wide. Ac­cord­ing to the Plan In­ter­na­tional, an in­ter­na­tional de­vel­op­ment or­gan­i­sa­tion, the fig­ure is quite higher as about 200 mil­lion girls and women have al­ready been sub­jected to FGM, while more than 14.5 mil­lion ad­di­tional women will be sub­jected to it in the next 15 years.

FGM is nor­mally per­formed on girls dur­ing their early child­hood with­out any per­mis­sion, will­ing­ness

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Pakistan

© PressReader. All rights reserved.