Swedish Radio News reports that one consequence is that many male circumcisions in this country are performed by people without medical competence, which has led to cases of children being injured.
The situation here may reflect an ignorance of traditions in other parts of the world. While male circumcision is not common in Sweden, according to estimates as many as one-third of men in the world have been circumcised.
The practice is nearly universal in the Middle East and Central Asia, and according to the World Health Organisation 75 percent of men in the United States are circumcised.
Imam Abd al Haqq Kielan in Linköping tells Swedish Radio News he doesn’t think doctors should be allowed to refuse a direct recommendation of the National Social Welfare Board.
”This is a ceremony that all Jews and Moslems do with their sons,” he says. “It is regrettable that these doctors don’t understand the importance of social inclusion.”