• FGM ‘NATIONAL SCANDAL’ IN BRITAIN SLAMMED

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    LONDON: The prevalence of female genital mutilation (FGM) in Britain is a “national scandal,” lawmakers said on Thursday (Friday in Manila), warning that up to 170,000 women may have had the procedure and another 65,000 young girls are at risk. A damning report from the House of Commons home affairs committee condemned the failure of the government, police, health and education authorities over many years to address what it said was an “extreme form of child abuse.” FGM, which ranges from removal of the clitoris to more widespread mutilation, has been outlawed in Britain since 1985, but the first prosecution only took place this year. The committee blamed “misplaced concern for cultural sensitivities” for the failure to address a practice largely associated with communities from parts of Africa. It called for prosecutions to send a “clear message” that the practice was taken seriously in Britain, as well as increased checks by medical professionals on girls considered to be at high risk.

    AFP

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