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US grants asylum to woman fleeing clitoridectomy

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: (Published 29 June 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:1630

The fear of genital mutilation is adequate grounds for women to seek political asylum in the US, a court ruled last week.

The Board of Immigration Appeals, the highest immigration court, ruled that a 19 year old woman who fled Togo because she said she feared being forced to undergo clitoridectomy should be granted asylum. Until now, such pleas were …

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