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Doctors are key to securing the UK’s first conviction for female genital mutilation, say campaigners

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 05 November 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f6672
  1. Sophie Hives-Wood
  1. 1BMJ

Doctors who find evidence of female genital mutilation (FGM) should treat it as a crime and report it to police, a coalition of health organisations has recommended.

The coalition said that a government funded awareness strategy was needed, similar to that launched in the 1990s to tackle HIV, to prevent the genital mutilation of young girls. Doctors and other health and care professionals should be held responsible for monitoring female genital mutilation and treating it as child abuse.

Female genital mutilation has been illegal in the United Kingdom since 1985, but there have been no prosecutions for it to date. The campaigners said that taking an aggressive multiagency and multiprofessional approach to identifying cases of female …

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