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Dutch government rejects tough measures on genital mutilation

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (Published 08 September 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:534
  1. Tony Sheldon
  1. Utrecht

    Tough proposals to combat female genital mutilation—including examining the sexual organs of all girls up to the age of 14 and doctors being legally obliged to report all cases—have been rejected by the Dutch government. Several medical bodies have agreed with the government that such measures could deter parents and children, damaging school health services that currently reach 95% of the population.

    The government has instead announced a £2m ($3.7m; £2.9m) three year campaign geared towards prevention and information among at risk, largely immigrant, populations in the main cities. Pharos, a national organisation for …

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