Medicalising Female Circumcision By Mrs Vera West

     When the champions of diversity and mass immigration’s virtues speak, they do not discuss hard case, inconvenient issues such a female genital circumcision. If all cultures are equal, except our own which is racist and must be eliminated, then what possible reason is there against this practice? If diversity and multiculturalism decide all, then it seems decisive:

“A number of Sri Lankan Muslim groups have called on the government to medicalise female circumcision. In representations made to the Parliamentary Committee on Women and Gender, members of the All Ceylon Jamiyathul Ulama, All Ceylon YMMA Conference, Centre for Islamic Studies and United Religions Initiative urged the Health Ministry to withdraw a recent circular prohibiting medical professionals from carrying out female circumcision. In their submission, the joint Muslim groups stated that the Muslim community is very concerned about moves to ban this obligatory Islamic duty on the grounds that it is Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). “We wish to categorically state that the practice of female circumcision is an obligatory Islamic duty, that it confers numerous benefits and is not Female Genital Mutilation. As such we condemn all moves to ban the practice of female circumcision by legislation and/ or by government bodies and urge that no moves be taken in this direction which we will regard as an unwarranted intrusion on and infringement of our religious duties guaranteed by the law and constitution of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka”, the Muslim representatives said in their submission. “We also request the Ministry of Health to withdraw a recent circular it issued prohibiting medical practitioners from performing the procedure and to issue a fresh circular excluding Islamic female circumcision a.k.a hoodectomy from the definition of FGM”

Joint Spokesperson Noor Hazeema Haris said that although Muslims wholeheartedly support the abolition of traditional practices harmful to women and children such as FGM, in case it is shown to exist in Sri Lanka, the Islamic practice of female circumcision is vastly different. She pointed out that this religious obligation practiced by the Muslims of the country for centuries in keeping with the requirements of the Islamic faith is not FGM. This was evident from the Joint Ministry of Health (MOH) and WHO report on Violence and Health in Sri Lanka in 2008, which states categorically that FGM does not exist in Sri Lanka.”

     As Western liberal democratic values are gradually, if not rapidly, replaced by non-Western people, cultures and  values, expect that practices such a female genital circumcision to be on the rise, and then to become the new norm. In fact, FGC is  already a problem,  a product of mass migration:

“The statement comes after an Australian court overturned the conviction of 3 people accused of FGM and ruled ‘khafz’ doesn’t amount to FGM. Mumbai: An organisation representing women of Dawoodi Bohra Muslim community Saturday defended the practice of female circumcision prevalent in the community saying it does not amount to female genital mutilation (FGM), which needs to be banned. The organisation issued a statement Saturday in the wake of Court of Criminal Appeal in New South Wales in Australia overturning the conviction of three people accused of FGM. The court ruled that the traditional Dawoodi Bohra practice of ‘khafz’ (female circumcision) does not amount to FGM. Dawoodi Bohra community is a Shia sub-sect of traders hailing predominantly from Gujarat and spread across the world. The group, Dawoodi Bohra Women’s Association For Religious Freedom (DBWRF), said that khafz was a harmless religious ritual that was being followed for centuries, FGM was unwarranted and it should be abolished. In a statement issued Saturday, secretary and spokesperson of DBWRF, Samina Kanchwala, said, “Khafz is a completely harmless religious ritual followed for centuries and this historic judgement will be welcomed by Dawoodi Bohras around the world, who are struggling to inform public opinion that is intent on denying women their right to practise their religious observance.”

According to her, khafz was a part of their religious freedom guaranteed by the Constitution and that the procedure does not amount to FGM. Khafz is a very small procedure and not female genital mutilation, Kanchwala said adding, “But we consider FGM as totally unwarranted and want the end of it.” “As highly educated and empowered women, we would not indulge in anything that would harm their daughters. Besides, in a democracy everyone deserves their right to practice their religion with freedom,” she said. Welcoming the Australian court’s judgement, she said, “Appeals bench ruled the trial judge was wrong to direct that Dawoodi Bohras’ practice of khafz was not ritualised or that it involved damaging the clitoris.”

     Yes, that item is from Australia, not Europe, by the way.



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