FGM is sanctioned by 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
Reports that at least 50 girls were taken from the UK to Somalia for female genital mutilation are being investigated by Scotland Yard.
Liberal Democrat peer Baroness Tonge contacted the Metropolitan Police after spotting a large group of girls on a flight from Heathrow last Saturday.
The girls were said to be aged 11 to 17 and with their mothers or grandmothers.
It comes as Bedfordshire Police secured the UK’s first FGM protection order, preventing two girls from going abroad.
The Metropolitan Police said officers from the Specialist Crime and Operations Command were investigating Lady Tonge’s report.
‘Scattering of grannies’
Speaking to the BBC, Lady Tonge said the girls spoke English and were of Somali origin.
“It was just odd,” she said. “They were young girls and mothers and a scattering of grannies.”
They were on an Ethiopian Airlines flight to Addis Ababa on 11 July and according to the Lib Dem peer transferred onto a plane to Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia….