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Letters Law on female genital mutilation

Misinformed debates on FGM can harm understanding

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: (Published 14 September 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i4804
  1. Susan Bewley, professor of women’s health
  1. King’s College, London, UK
  1. susan.bewley{at}

The BMJ reports that nearly 6000 cases of female genital mutilation (FGM) were identified last year in the UK.1

The UK Female Genital Mutilation Act 2003 states that “A person is guilty of an offence if he excises, infibulates or otherwise mutilates the whole or any part of a girl’s labia majora, labia minora or clitoris.” …

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