Sweden had a shock when the health services of Norrköping, a town with a population of 80,000, found that about 60 girls between the ages of four and 14 who attend state schools had undergone the mutilation of their genitals. In advance of many countries, Sweden had made this practice illegal as long ago as 1982, with prison penalties of from four to 10 years, and this is also why the Swedes were convinced that the phenomenon had been eliminated within their boundaries. Instead, it was discovered that ever since the law came into force this appalling practice — considered a rite of passage — was being carried out during the summer season when the immigrants, accompanied by their families and daughters, returned to their countries of origin. According to the most recent data, more than 140 million women in the world have undergone the violence of infibulation, with more than 30 million female infants and young girls currently at risk. On 14 April this year a trial opened in Great Britain against a doctor accused of having performed the “practice” on a 14-year-old. And for the first time the Muslim Council of Great Britain itself condemned the genital mutilation of women as “non-Islamic”: by opposing this practice it stressed that it “is no longer linked to the doctrine of Islam”. According to The Guardian, the Islamic organization will be sending an information leaflet to all the 500 hundred mosques that belong to its network, emphasizing the risks connected with mutilations and reminding all those who practice them in Great Britain that they risk up to 14 years in jail.
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