He has been “struck off,” which apparently means that he has been removed from the list of acceptable practitioners, but that is an empty gesture, as he seems to be in Somalia, anyway. He was arrested in Britain but later released, for some inexplicable reason that almost certainly had to do with not wanting to offend the Muslim community.
It is virtually inconceivable that Omar Addow is the only one offering FGM in Britain. 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.
A dentist has been struck off for offering to perform female genital mutilation on two young girls.
Somali-born Omar Addow is the first practitioner to be struck off by the General Dental Council for offering the illegal procedure in more than a decade.
The 56-year-old was allegedly recorded saying he would carry out the crime, which carries a 14-year prison sentence, in a Birmingham dental practice last year.
A hearing last month found Addow guilty of offering the operation, reportedly telling an undercover journalist: ‘I will do it for you. Between you, me and Allah only.‘
The hearing ruled Addow performed an internal examination of the woman in his dental practice, before showing her medical instruments used to perform female circumcision.
It was reported the woman asked him if he would carry out genital mutilation on her two nieces, aged 10 and 13.
In its judgment the GDC ruled: ‘At the time he made the offer, Mr Addow intended to carry out the procedure, namely female circumcision, at some point in the future’.
Following the publication of an article last year which accused him of the crime, Addow was arrested but later released.
The 56-year-old was not present last month’s hearing after reportedly returning to Somalia to work.
As many as 100,000 women living in Britain are estimated to have undergone female genital mutilation, which is common in parts of Africa and in the Middle East….