Saturday, January 19, 2008

Egyptian girl died during despicable female circumcision procedure...

Egyptian girl died during despicable female circumcision procedure...

The reported death of a 12 year old Egyptian girl at the hands of a doctor performing that revolting practice of female circumcision had apparently sparked a public outcry there, and so it should, and has prompted health and religious authorities to ban the practice. It is, after all, a cultural practice that has really nothing to do with Islam. It is practised in North Africa and Afghanistan, and has more to do with the sexist treatment of women in those countries - treatment allied with that of animals ie possessions.

The poor little girl who was named Badour Shaker, died a few months ago while undergoing the procedure in an illegal clinic in the southern town of Maghagh. Her mother, Zeniab Abdel Ghani, said she paid about 50 Egyptian pounds($NZ11.85) to a female physician to perform the disgusting procedure.

The mother also said the doctor tried to bribe her to withdraw a lawsuit accusing the physician of murdering her daughter, in return for 15,000 ponds, but she refused.

A forensic inquiry into the case indicated the girl’s death was caused by an anaethesia overdose.

It is to be hoped that there is a state enquiry into the corruption surrounding this and other similar cases.

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