Baby cir­cum­cised: doc­tor held

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A DOC­TOR has been ar­rested by the po­lice in the East Mid­lands re­gion of Eng­land for cir­cum­cis­ing a 3-month-old baby boy with­out his mother’s ap­proval.

Dr Balvin­der Me­hat, 61, is ac­cused of cir­cum­cis­ing the baby with­out his mother’s con­sent for re­li­gious rea­sons in July 2013, the Mir­ror re­ported.

The oper­a­tion took place when the baby, whose par­ents were separated, was taken to visit his pa­ter­nal grand­par­ents.

The doc­tor is al­leged to have car­ried out the pro­ce­dure be­fore the child was re­turned to his mother later the same day.

The 26-year-old mother com­plained to Not­ting­hamshire po­lice but they deemed it not to be a crim­i­nal mat­ter and the case was re­ferred to the Gen­eral Med­i­cal Coun­cil.

But the case was re­opened af­ter the mother got help from an anti-cir­cum­ci­sion group and a hu­man rights lawyer.

Me­hat, from the Bak­ers­field Med­i­cal Cen­tre in Not­ting­ham, was ar­rested and ques­tioned on sus­pi­cion of com­mit­ting griev­ous bod­ily harm.

Apart from him, a 44-yearold man and a wo­man, 47, were also ar­rested on “sus­pi­cion of con­spir­acy to com­mit griev­ous bod­ily harm”.

They are be­lieved to be the boy’s pa­ter­nal grand­par­ents, po­lice said.

All three peo­ple, who de­nied any wrong­do­ing, were re­leased pend­ing fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

The boy’s mother said cir­cum­ci­sion amounted to male gen­i­tal mu­ti­la­tion and said her son, now aged 4, had suf­fered re­cur­ring phys­i­cal prob­lems, in­clud­ing in­flam­ma­tion and water in­fec­tions post the act. – IANS

Dr Balvin­der Me­hat

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