The ‘religious’ practice of female genital mutilation is inhumane

The Supreme Court, in a hearing of a PIL filed against the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) among the Dawoodi Bohra Muslim group, said that just because the practice dates back to the 10th century AD, it can’t be declared an “essential religious practice”. FGM is the practice of partially or completely removing the clitoral hood. In India, it is largely limited to the Dawoodi Bohras and some other Muslim groups in Kerala among which the inhumane practice continues even though it has been banned in 27 nations worldwide, including Egypt, a country where the Dawoodi Bohras have a strong presence.

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