Egyptian doctor was released after performing illegal FGM on 12-year-old who bled to death

World Yen Doran 08-Feb-2020
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On Feb. 6 a doctor was detained for performing a genital cutting procedure last month on a 12-year-old girl who consequently bled to death.

The gynaecologist was bailed for $3,000 by the court in Manfalout, about 400 kilometres south of Cairo.

The gynaecologist admitted that he conducted the illegal procedure alone in his clinic “without any anaesthetics or nurse present”, according to prosecutors.

The girl bled to death shortly after the operation, referred to as female circumcision. It often involves the removal or cutting of the labia and clitoris.

The deceased girl’s father filed a police complaint against the doctor after his daughter’s death in late January.

Police arrested the doctor, the parents and an aunt of the victim, before freeing the relatives days later.

The National Council for Women, which first received the complaint from the authorities, called for the “maximum punishment for all who participated in this crime”.

Ironically, the doctor’s release on Feb. 6 coincided with the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).

Dar Al Ifta, the Egyptian body tasked with Islamic religious edicts, released a statement on the same day condemning FGM, deeming it is “forbidden” in Islamic law to perform such a cruelty to female.

Egypt first banned FGM in 2008, but the practice remains rife in the conservative country with many believing it promotes women’s chastity.

Doctors found guilty of performing FGM in Egypt can face seven years imprisonment though the law is not strictly enforced.