Female genital mutilation

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7027.377b (Published 10 February 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:377
  1. J A Blacka,
  2. G D Debellea
  1. Retired consultant paediatrician Victoria Mill House, Framlingham, Suffolk IP13 9EG
  2. Consultant community paediatrician Child Health Directorate, Birmingham Children's Hospital NHS Trust, Birmingham B29 6JB

    EDITOR,—We wish to comment on some of the points raised in the letters responding to our article on female genital mutilation.1

    Godwin I Meniru and colleagues play down the association between female genital mutilation and Islam.2 We accept that the custom predated both Islam and Christianity, that Islam spread to many countries in which the custom was already established, and that many Christians and animists also practise female genital mutilation. Of the seven countries where between 70% and 98% (estimated) women have had the operation, four—Djibouti, Mali, Somalia, and the northern part of Sudan—are …

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