Female Genital Mutilation Trial Opens

A man of Somali origin has gone on trial here for forcing his 13 year old daughter to undergo genital mutilation, sometimes called female circumcision.

It’s the first case since a law banning the procedure went into effect in 1982. Many immigrant families circumvented the law by having operations done abroad. The legislation was amended in 1999 to cover mutilations carried out outside the country.

Last year the 41 year old man took his children to Somalia, where he allegedly held his daughter down while her clitoris was cut off. He has denied the charges, arguing that someone else must have forced his daughter to have the operation.

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