An Egyptian father tricked his daughters by lying to them for Coronavirus vaccine, but had actually made them undergo FGM/C (Female Genital Mutilation/ Cutting).
The girls were drugged before the doctor performed FGM. As of the reports, all the three girls were under the age of 18. After they regained their consciousness, they felt pain in their genitals and informed their mother who has already divorced the man before. Later on both, the father and the doctor has been charged. It is said that the doctor came at home for carrying out FGM.
“They lost consciousness and when they woke up they were shocked to find their legs bound together and a sensation of pain in their genitals,” the prosecutor said in a statement.
Female Genital Mutilation in Egypt
A similar case was witnessed in Egypt in the month of January-2020, which created outrage in the public after the death of a 14 year-old-girl (Nada Abdul Maksoud). The girl died after undergoing Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). Parents and aunt of the child were arrested and the doctor who performed was also detained.
WHO (World Health Organization) report reads, “A study by the Egyptian Ministry of Health and Population in 2003 reported that 94.6% of married women had been exposed to FGC and 69.1% of those women agreed to carry out FGC on their daughters”.
The practice of FGM/C was outlawed in the country in year 2008. On the other hand, it is still in the list of one of those countries where the practice is at its peak. Egypt declared it as a criminal act in year 2016 following the death of a teenager who died of complications after undergoing FGM. As of the law, the persecutors (including doctors) can be jailed for up to seven years if found guilty of carrying out the procedure . It can also invite harsher punishment if the procedure leads to deformity or death of the victim.
A survey by United Nation Children’s Fund in year 2016 reports, “Approx 87% of Egyptian women and girls aged 15-49 have undergone FGM”.
“There is absolutely no reason to cut anybody… It’s child abuse; it’s gender-based violence; it’s a human-rights violation” – Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, Former UNFPA Executive Director, UN Under-Secretary-General (2011-2017)