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Nigeria recommends jail terms to eradicate female genital mutilation

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: (Published 04 May 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:1056
  1. Abiodun Raufu
  1. Lagos

    The Nigerian legislature is set to pass a law banning female genital mutilation and imposing a two year jail term for offenders.

    The bill, which is currently being considered by the Senate, was unanimously passed by Nigeria's lower house, the House of Representatives last year. The senate is expected to conclude its deliberations on the bill in May, after which it will be sent to President Olusegun Obasanjo for his assent.

    The first clause of the Circumcision of Girls and Women (Prohibition) Bill says: “No person shall circumcise a girl or woman and no person shall abet or aid the circumcision …

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