Apparently just as Britain is vying to become the world capital of Sharia-compliant finance, so also it hopes to become the FGM capital of the world. FGM is justified in Islamic law:
“Circumcision is obligatory (for every male and female) (by cutting off the piece of skin on the glans of the penis of the male, but circumcision of the female is by cutting out the bazr ‘clitoris’ [this is called khufaadh ‘female circumcision’]).” — ‘Umdat al-Salik e4.3, translated by Mark Durie, The Third Choice, p. 64
“Islamic law permits by definition, by prophetic statement and by practice female circumcision” — Australian Imam Afroz Ali
Nonetheless, even though it is illegal in Britain, and as many as 66,000 girls have been subjected to this barbarity there, the British have never managed to prosecute anyone for it. But they have summoned the energy to bar opponents of this practice from entering the country.
“More than 1,500 women victims of genital mutiliation [sic] in shock statistics compiled by ONE hospital… and most are from Somalia,” by Chris Pleasance for the Daily Mail, September 18:
More than 1,500 new cases of female genital mutilation have been revealed by a single London maternity unit and staff admit that other cases could have ‘slipped through the net.’
St George’s hospital in Tooting has treated nearly 200 women a year since it started keeping records on the violent practice.
While most of the 1,546 victims treated in the hospital’s specialist unit were born in Somalia, disturbing statistics show that at least 11 were born in the UK, where genital mutilation has been a crime since 1985.
Others were from Nigeria or Eritrea where the practice is common among some Muslim communities.
Campaigners described the statistics as ‘horrifying’ while staff at the hospital said it shows the tribal practice remains relatively common.
Karen Lewis, a midwife at St George’s, warned that some staff were fearful of getting involved because they saw the backstreet operations as a cultural issue, rather than abuse.
She said: ‘The women we see have often faced years of pain and suffer flashbacks and other psychological problems. Some of them are also terrified of childbirth because of what’s happened to them in the past.’
‘Some of them also don’t realise that FGM is wrong and are quite horrified when we tell them.
‘So we need to do much more to raise awareness and have a big educational campaign to stop it happening to more girls in the future.’
Battersea MP Jane Ellison, who chairs the all-party parliamentary group on female genital mutilation, said: ‘Many of these women are suffering the chronic health problems associated with FGM.
‘Yet again we are shown that there is a big problem to which our health and other public services must respond.’
Despite the high number of cases – 80 so far this year – nobody has yet been prosecuted for the practice.
The Crown Prosecution Service says it is studying five case files passed on by the Metropolitan Police.
Keir Starmer, the Director of Public Prosecutions, has said it is only a matter of time before somebody is prosecuted but efforts are being hampered by victim’s unwillingness to come forward.