Wluml dossier 3 June/July 1988 Sexual Mutilations

Dangers of female circumcision

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Dangers of female circumcision
While it is true that this is a long standing traditional practice in many communities, both in Africa and in Asian and other Moslem religious communities, the health authorities do not support the practice of female circumcision for many reasons. It is a very difficult practice to eradicate because of the great sentiment attached to it. There are two main reasons why this operation is carried out on a large scale amongst communities who do so. These are:
1. To establish the entry point into adulthood from childhood.
2. To perpetuate virginity in the female through infibulation as is done in the Moslem communities.
The dangers of this operation are:

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