Did you know that in some religions and cultures, even to this day, it is believed that women must be controlled and should not be allowed to have the ‘sin’ of sexual pleasure and therefore their genitals must be cut off brutally even as they are little girls, from infants to those aged 6 or even 14, through deciet as betrayal at the pretext of being taken out for a chocolates or movies?
6 of February was declared by the UN as the International Day of Zero Tolerance to FGM or Female Genital Mutilation.
FGM is often done with razors of knifes without anaesthesia and under unhygenic conditions sometimes leading to excessive bleeding and danger to life. While the horrors of this practice is unimaginable to many of us, according to UN, globally, it is estimated that at least 200 million girls and women alive today have undergone some form of FGM. While the countries where it is practiced in almost every family include African nations (even though it has been banned in many), the practice is prevalent in many countries including India that has no laws against it and where Dawoodi Bohra muslims are known to carry out this atrocity against their own daughters and also in UK where it has been banned but still secretly followed by some communities so that there is one case of FGM reported every hour in the UK.
The justification of this heinous crime comes from religious authorities who have promoted this practice as a tradition and it is often mothers who have been responsible to have this performed on their own daughters in keeping with the tradition. The physical damage and psychological trauma imposed upon young girls is a form of an extreme abuse of women and children.
Indian women who have been victims of this inhumane practice have come together to petition against this practice and to urge Indian government to criminalize it. You can sign this Petition to make FGM illegal in India HERE