Tag Archives: Crime/legislation

‘Staff fear raising the alarm on FGM’.

Nurs Stand. 2014 Jun 3;28(39):11. doi: 10.7748/ns.28.39.11.s12.

‘Staff fear raising the alarm on FGM’.

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ABSTRACT

Nurses can play a vital role in eradicating female genital mutilation–but some may be afraid to report it for fear of being seen as culturally insensitive, says a senior nurse academic.

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Doctor who offered to arrange female genital mutilation is struck off.

BMJ. 2014 Jun 1;348:g3665. doi: 10.1136/bmj.g3665.

Doctor who offered to arrange female genital mutilation is struck off.

Dyer C.

EXTRACT

A general practitioner who was secretly recorded offering to help arrange female genital mutilation (FGM) for two young girls has been struck off the UK medical register. Ali Mao-Aweys, who was born and raised in Somalia, was caught giving advice to a newspaper reporter who had posed as an aunt who wanted to arrange the procedure for her nieces, aged 10 and 13.

The Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service in Manchester found that he had offered to assist in arranging an operation in the United Kingdom, knowing that it was illegal, and that he had provided the telephone number …

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The NHS displays absurd double standards on circumcision.

Nurs Stand. 2014 Jun 4;28(40):35. doi: 10.7748/ns.28.40.35.s46.

The NHS displays absurd double standards on circumcision.

Clark C.

I support the law in the UK against female genital mutilation (FGM) and the fact that staff in acute hospitals are now mandated to record information on a national database about women and children who have undergone FGM (News May 28).

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London GP is cleared of practising female genital mutilation

BMJ. 2014 Apr 15;348:g2807. doi: 10.1136/bmj.g2807.

London GP is cleared of practising female genital mutilation.

Dyer C.

EXTRACT

A London GP who removed almost all of the labia minora of a patient during cosmetic surgery has been cleared of practising female genital mutilation by the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service.

Sureshkumar Pandya performed labiaplasty in March 2012 on a 33 year old woman named only as Patient A, who complained that her labia were “ugly” and made her uncomfortable. He saw her again a week later and recorded that the wound was healing well.

But a week after that, Patient A went to see another GP, who recorded in her notes: “Patient upset …

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Doctor one of two people to face first UK prosecutions for female genital mutilation.

BMJ. 2014 Mar 23;348:g2313. doi: 10.1136/bmj.g2313.

Doctor one of two people to face first UK prosecutions for female genital mutilation.

Kmietowicz Z.

EXTRACT

A doctor from the Whittington Hospital in north London and another man will be the first people to face charges of female genital mutilation in the United Kingdom when they appear in court next month.

The Crown Prosecution Service announced on 21 March that Dhanoun Dharmasena allegedly carried out the procedure on a woman after she gave birth in November 2012. The woman had also undergone female genital mutilation on a previous occasion….

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First UK prosecution for female genital mutilation raises concerns among doctors.

BMJ. 2014 Mar 27;348:g2424. doi: 10.1136/bmj.g2424.

First UK prosecution for female genital mutilation raises concerns among doctors.

Dyer C.

EXTRACT

Obstetricians have said that the first prosecution for female genital mutilation (FGM) in the United Kingdom could lead doctors to fear criminal charges if they carry out repairs to stop post-birth bleeding in women who have previously been subjected to the illegal procedure, which has been a specific crime in the UK since 1985.

The first prosecution for the offence has been launched against a doctor who, the Crown Prosecution Service alleges, “repaired FGM that had previously been performed on the patient, allegedly carrying out FGM himself,”1 after a patient had given birth…

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Doctors are key to securing the UK’s first conviction for female genital mutilation, say campaigners.

BMJ. 2013 Nov 5;347:f6672. doi: 10.1136/bmj.f6672.

Doctors are key to securing the UK’s first conviction for female genital mutilation, say campaigners.

Hives-Wood S.

EXTRACT

Doctors who find evidence of female genital mutilation (FGM) should treat it as a crime and report it to police, a coalition of health organisations has recommended.

The coalition said that a government funded awareness strategy was needed, similar to that launched in the 1990s to tackle HIV, to prevent the genital mutilation of young girls. Doctors and other health and care professionals should be held responsible for monitoring female genital mutilation and treating it as child abuse.

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Female genital mutilation. Review and aspects of medico-legal interests.

Cuad. med. forense v.16 n.3 Sevilla jul.-sep. 2010 FREE

 

Female genital mutilation. Review and aspects of medico-legal interests. (Article in Spanish)

Gallego MA, López MI

ABSTRACT

The gradual arrival in Spain of people from sub-Saharan Africa, has highlighted the practice of a series of ancient rituals in girls, harmful to their health, and which are encompassed within the concept of Female Genital Mutilation in accordance with the WHO definition. In our country these acts are classified as a crime of injury. Therefore they are likely to raise legal medical evaluations. We consider it particularly important knowledge of these practices on the part of professionals in the forensic medicine.

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UK’s shameful record on female genital mutilation.

BMJ. 2012 Dec 3;345:e8121. doi: 10.1136/bmj.e8121.FREE

UK’s shameful record on female genital mutilation.

Lloyd-Roberts S.

BBC, London, UK. sue.lloyd-roberts@bbc.co.uk

Comment in BMJ. 2013;346:f29.

EXTRACT

Last month the Crown Prosecution Service announced plans to crack down on practitioners of female genital mutilation. Sue Lloyd-Roberts asks why we are lagging behind our European neighbours

Ayanna, a 23 year old mother now living on the 15th floor of a Glasgow tower block, fled Gambia a year ago and applied for asylum in the UK to escape an abusive husband and prevent her 6 month old baby girl from being genitally mutilated. “My husband would have insisted,” she explains. “All the women in my community have been cut.”

She says she feels safe in Scotland but tries to avoid contact with the African community. “They’ll tell me that my daughter should be cut. It’s being done here,” she says, pointing through the window at the other tower blocks which make up the Red Road housing estate. “The older women do it—the grandmothers,” she explains. “They use scissors, razor blades, or sharp knives. I know that just last week one 3 year old and a 2 week old baby were cut.”…

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Impact of the complete ban on female genital cutting on the attitude of educated women from Upper Egypt toward the practice

Int J Gynaecol Obstet. 2013 Mar;120(3):275-8. doi: 10.1016/j.ijgo.2012.10.010. Epub 2012 Dec 11.

Impact of the complete ban on female genital cutting on the attitude of educated women from Upper Egypt toward the practice.

Hassanin IM, Shaaban OM.

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Faculty of Medicine, Sohag University, Sohag, Egypt.

OBJECTIVE: To compare the prevalence of female genital cutting (FGC) before and 5 years after the law completely banned the practice in Egypt, and evaluate the attitude of educated mothers of girls toward FGC in Upper Egypt.

METHODS: All women attending 2 outpatient clinics in Upper Egypt were approached from January 1 through November 30, 2011. A trained nurse interviewed those who had daughters, and factors influencing their attitude toward FGC were evaluated. The participants in a previous study done in the same locality acted a historical comparison group.

RESULTS: The percentage of women who had FGC performed on at least 1 daughter was significantly lower in 2011 than in 2006 (71.6% vs 77.8%, P=0.04). The main reason for performing FGC, given by 42.6% of the participants, was family pressure. The percentage of FGC procedures practiced by physicians was significantly lower in 2011 than it was in 2006 (34.6% vs 39.3%, P=0.04).

CONCLUSION: The decrease in prevalence of FGC after its complete ban was small after 5 years, with little change in attitude among educated families in Upper Egypt. In addition to the current law, a change in attitude will be needed to wipe out this custom.

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