It’s astonishing that in the year 2015, and just over 200,000 years since the first humans began to evolve, I am sitting here – writing about a practice that involves cutting off the “clitoris” of a child, to prevent them from enjoying sex or becoming a “slag”, all in the name of backward “culture”. I mean seriously?
Whilst most FGM also know as “female circumcision” is concentrated in African countries, FGM can also be justifiable as an Islamic ritual as confirmed by the Al-Ghazzali Centre for Islamic Sciences and Human Development founder and president, Imam Afroz Ali who says;
“Islamic law permits by definition, by prophetic statement and by practice female circumcision,” he wrote. “The definition under Islamic law for female circumcision is exclusively the removal of the uppermost extra skin at the top of the clitoral glans. “Female circumcision in its legitimate form is a personal and human right of a woman; genital mutilation is a horrible crime.”
This is frankly worrying when leaders of the faith are outspoken in justifying mutilating children genitals under the pre-text of their religion, but this aside this practise is also particularly prevalent much closer to home, as in the UK alone over the past 4 months there have been 2,603 reported cases just to give you an idea of just how widespread this problem is.
The actual practice of cutting a child’s vagina with a rusty blade is as bad as it sounds, the degree to which the Vagina is mutilated is really down to the person carrying out the procedure; it can range from – simply cutting out the clitoris right through to cutting off everything (including the labia) and sewing the vagina back up, leaving only a small hole to urinate out of.
Just to give you an idea of the actual practice itself you can watch the below video which will give a visual re-construction of just what the vagina looks like before and after undergoing different stages of FGM.
Whilst this procedure is clearly barbaric, what I find to be of equal concern, is that a similar practice is happening openly and legally to just under 13,000 young boys in the UK every year in our very own hospitals. What makes it acceptable for a Jewish family to mutilate their children’s genitals on religious grounds and this is accepted, and more and more pressure is being put on this practice?
I find it particularly hypocritical. The video below shows Rabbi Kushner getting completely destroyed by the late-great Christopher Hitchens, when he tries to justify the cutting of children’s foreskins. I couldn’t have put it any better myself.
FGM has been banned under the Prohibition of Female Circumcision Act (“the 1985 Act”) and the powers of the legislation have finally extended to making it a criminal offence to take a child to another country to have this performed which is great news, but if people are not sensible enough to know this is stupid and completely unnecessary in the year 2015, then I don’t have much hope that the brains of these people who think this is acceptable will evolve to the point where they realise this for many years to come.
Its great that people are now putting long overdue pressure on governments to help stop this, but lets not ignore the millions of boys who have gone through a similar procedure and the thousands that continue to experience this every-day in the name of their Religion…