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Royal college strengthens its guideline on female genital mutilation

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 09 July 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h3709
  1. Ingrid Torjesen
  1. 1London

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists has revised its guideline on female genital mutilation to clarify healthcare professionals’ legal responsibilities, the requirements to notify cases, and the management of women who have undergone mutilation who are pregnant or giving birth.

The update comes after the first attempted UK prosecution of a doctor for female genital mutilation. Dhanuson Dharmasena, a trainee registrar in obstetrics and gynaecology at the Whittington Hospital in north London, was acquitted earlier this year.1

Dharmasena was accused of reinfibulating a Somali woman by sewing her labia together after the birth of her first child in 2012.2 But he told the jury that he had put only a small suture at the top of a cut he had made to deliver the baby, to stop bleeding, in an emergency situation. …

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