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Egypt tightens ban on female genital mutilation after 12 year old girl dies

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: (Published 05 July 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:15
  1. Mimet Meleigy
  1. Cairo

    Egypt has announced that it is imposing a complete ban on female genital mutilation. The ban was imposed last week by the Ministry of Health after a public outcry over the death of a 12 year old girl, Budour Ahmad Shaker, who died from an overdose of anaesthetic while being circumcised.

    After the much publicised death of the girl, the Egyptian Center for Women's Rights appealed to the government for a law that would criminalise the practice and that would “punish doctors who commit this crime, and close clinics and hospital that continue to practise it.” The doctor who had carried out the circumcision on the girl has been arrested, and the clinic where it took place has been closed down.

    In Egypt 75% of female genital mutilation is carried out by doctors and nurses, and 25% are carried out by birth attendants, or …

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