SC slams FGM practice in Dawoodi Bohra Muslim community

The Supreme Court today questioned the prevalent practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) of minor girls in the Dawoodi Bohra Muslim community, saying the women cannot be "subjugated" to the level where they have to "please" their husbands only.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, which was hearing a plea seeking a ban on the practice, also referred to fundamental rights including Article 15 (prohibition of discrimination on grounds like caste, creed and sex) under the Constitution and said a person has the right to "have control over her body".

The bench wondered and said, "when you are thinking of women (then) how can you go into the reverse gear".

Attorney General K K Venugopal, appearing for the Centre, said that the government supported the plea against the practice of FGM.

"Irrespective of how it (FGM) is performed, the issue is that it violates fundamental rights and more particularly Article 15," the bench, also comprising justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud, said.

 

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