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Egypt bans female circumcision after death of 12-year-old girl

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  • Zafar Khan
    Egypt bans female circumcision after death of 12-year-old girl Ian Black, Middle East editor Saturday June 30, 2007 The Guardian
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      Egypt bans female circumcision after death of
      12-year-old girl
      Ian Black, Middle East editor
      Saturday June 30, 2007
      The Guardian

      http://www.guardian.co.uk/egypt/story/0,,2115290,00.html

      Egypt has banned all female circumcision after the
      death this week of a 12-year-old girl undergoing the
      widely practised procedure.

      Budour Ahmad Shaker died from an overdose of
      anaesthetic at a private clinic in Minya province in
      upper Egypt during the $9 (£4.50) operation. Her
      parents are threatening to sue the doctor involved
      after he reportedly tried to bribe them to withdraw
      their complaint.

      Female circumcision, which involves the removal of the
      clitoris, and is also called female genital
      mutilation, was made illegal in Egypt in 1997. But the
      painful and sometimes deadly practice was allowed in
      exceptional cases, and is common in the south despite
      educational efforts by human rights organisations.
      President Hosni Mubarak's wife, Suzanne, has been an
      active campaigner on the issue.

      The ban was imposed on Thursday on every member of the
      medical profession, in public or private
      establishments, from carrying out a clitorodectomy.
      New legislation will be needed to enforce it.
      In 2005, research by Unicef found that 96% of Egyptian
      women aged 15 to 49 who had ever been married reported
      they had been circumcised. The Egyptian government
      says a more recent study found 50.3% of girls aged 10
      to 18 had been circumcised.

      Muslims and Christians practise circumcision in Egypt
      and Sudan but it has no basis in either religion. The
      operation is usually performed by doctors in private
      clinics or, especially in rural areas, by barbers or
      midwives.
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