Saturday, August 28, 2010

Egypt: Doctor faces trial for girl's FGM death

Deutsche Presse-Agentur
Egyptian doctor faces trial for girl's death after circumcision

Fri, 20 Aug 2010

Cairo (dpa) - An Egyptian doctor will stand trial for manslaughter, after a 13-year-old girl on whom he performed a circumcision operation died, local media reported on Friday.

The doctor was arrested after an unknown woman reported the incident to a hotline service set up in Egypt to help in cases involving female genital mutilation practices.

The girl was reportedly buried without a death certificate in the Nile Delta province of Menoufiya.

Egypt banned female circumcision in 2008, and top Muslim and Christian preachers have campaigned against the practice.

Despite the ban, female genital mutilation remains widely practiced in rural areas of the North African country.

According to the United Nations Children's Fund, there are 150 million girls and women worldwide whose genitals have been mutilated. Most of them are in African and Arab countries.

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