There is a virtually unlimited need, and an unlimited demand for health care the world over. It is a perpetually scarce and costly resource. So, what better way to spend it than in submission to Islamic mores?
Not that the taxpayer-funded virginity “Mulligan” is new to the U.K. This has been going on for a number of years now.
But along with the matter of resources, this practice enables the non-engagement of the issues of honor killing and penalties enshrined in Islamic law. Indeed, for all parties involved in the transaction, there is much to be swept under the rug.
“NHS pays for Muslim virginity operations,” by Tim Stewart and David Pilditch for the Express, July 30 (thanks to Twostellas):
AN INCREASING number of Muslim brides are having controversial pre-marriage “virginity repair” operations.
Taxpayers funded 116 hymen replacements on the NHS between 2005 and 2009, official figures revealed.
There were 30 operations in 2009 – up 25 per cent from 24 in 2005, it emerged yesterday.
You’ll want to read this next part sitting down:
Private clinics report a huge surge in demand for the procedure, costing between Â£1,800 and Â£4,000. It means the taxpayer has forked out up to Â£400,000 over the four years to fund the half-hour operation.
Doctors say the trend is driven by young Muslim women under pressure from future husbands or relatives who insist they should be virgins.
Gynaecologist Dr Magdy Hend charges Â£1,850 for hymenoplasty at his Regency Clinic in Harley Street. He said: “In the past, we would do one or two a week. Sometimes now we get two or three a day. Demand has tripled.”
Imam Dr Taj Hargey, chairman of the Muslim Educational Centre in Oxford, said it was “disappointing” that Muslim women in this country felt the need to resort “to subterfuge surgery”.
The NHS says it does the operation only for “clinical need”.
Dear NHS: I’ve decided I want my tonsils back. Can you hook that up, too?