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Letters Surgeon acquittal in female genital mutilation case

Surgeon’s case shows misunderstanding of female genital mutilation

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 04 March 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h1125
  1. Christoph Lees, reader in clinical obstetrics, consultant in obstetrics and fetal-maternal medicine1
  1. 1London W14 9QS, UK
  1. christoph.lees{at}

The case of Dr Dharmasana illustrates a misunderstanding of female genital mutilation (the primary act versus emergency perineal repair during childbirth) and the differences between intent to commit an illegal act and …

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