On Friday, a Ugandan migrant living in London was found guilty of mutilating her 3-year-old daughter’s genitals, a sexist practice meant to tame females’ sexuality common in some Muslim-majority countries in Africa and the Middle East.
The 37-year-old mom became the first in the U.K. to be convicted of female genital mutilation (FGM). According to the New York Times, the victim’s father, 43, was cleared of all charges. . .
The little girl was “deliberately cut and her injuries amounted to F.G.M.,” according to prosecutors. Medical experts refuted the mother’s claim that the girl’s injuries were from a fall onto a metal line cupboard door in the kitchen . . .
The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that is estimated that “more than 200 million girls and women alive today have undergone female genital mutilation in the countries where the practice is concentrated.” The practice “has been documented in 30 countries, mainly in Africa, as well as in the Middle East and Asia.”
The United Kingdom is flush with migrants. In 2017, for example, London absorbed 3.4 million foreign-born people, according to Oxford University’s Migration Observatory. The city’s first FGM case follows a series of other assimilation-related problems increasingly plaguing the city, including an onslaught of acid attacks – over 1,800 reports of such a crime since 2010. Notably, as reported by the BBC, “Since 2014 about 74% of investigations have been wound down due to problems with identifying perpetrators, or victims being unwilling to press charges.” (Read more from “HORROR: Mother Found Guilty of Mutilating 3-Year-Old Daughter’s Genitals” HERE)