Posted in: Islamic Gender & Religious Apartheid, Gender, Muslim Women
Published on Aug 03, 2015 by Phyllis Chesler
UK Police Declare War on Female Genital Mutilation as 'Cutting Season' Approaches
The summer is known as the "cutting season." This means that infants as young as two or three months old are being taken out of the UK to be genitally mutilated in their countries of origin, such as Malaysia, whose customs, like those of Iran, have become increasingly Arabized.
The UK has banned such procedures, but Malaysia and other Middle Eastern Muslim and African Muslim-Christian countries have not done so.
Female citizens of Europe, Canada, and the United States have also been taken on "vacations" to visit with families in Somalia, Egypt, Kenya, Nigeria, Sudan, Sierra Leone, Eritrea, Yemen, Afghanistan, Kurdistan, Indonesia, and Pakistan; these vacations are, essentially, medical nightmares. Innocent, often very young, girls are subjected to FGM—female genital mutilation—a procedure which is known to cause life-long agony and which is usually not reversible. If a girl is lucky, she may be anesthetized and the procedure hygienic, but that is not always the case.
A genitally mutilated woman will never be able to experience sexual pleasure. This is seen as the best way to keep women chaste and faithful to their husbands. However, it may also mean that she will urinate and menstruate in great pain, experience childbirth as agony, may die in childbirth, risk life-endangering infections, or develop a fistula (which requires major surgery but which is not always available), etc. She might die from the mutilation or from any of its consequences.
The United Nations estimates that 100 million to 140 million women who are alive today have been genitally mutilated or "cut."
The good news: The UK police are getting admirably aggressive in this area. Last month, they stopped girls and their mothers and grandmothers who were bound for Somalia on "cutting" vacations. Today, Scotland Yard is investigating a Type 4 procedure (the clitoris is pricked) performed on a two-month-old girl.
Ignorance of the law is no excuse, nor is the belief that religious custom demands this barbaric procedure. According to Detective Chief Superintendent Keith Nevin: "If anybody thinks it might be legal overseas and they can go there to get it done and they will not be prosecuted here, they are wrong… If they have a footprint in this country they are vulnerable to the law."
The UK police have come in for deserved criticism in terms of not breaking up the rings of South Asian men who trafficked mainly white female children for more than a decade and for failing to believe and protect certain girls, such as Banaz Mahmud, who said she was in danger of being honor killed.
However, the UK is quite advanced in terms of locating female citizens who have been tricked into visiting their home countries (mainly Pakistan), and trapped there in an unwanted marriage. If they can locate the woman and if she wishes to leave, they will return her to the UK. The UK police also provide protection and aliases for women who have coupled or married against the wishes of their families, who now want to honor ("horror") kill her. Finally, the UK does prosecute honor killings.
I would like to see European families prosecuted for genitally mutilating their daughters and granddaughters, but also for forcing them into first cousin or unwanted marriages—especially when the girls are underage; for the practice of normalized daughter- and wife-beating and stalking; for practicing polygamy; and for forced face-veiling.
If Europe fails to do this—and if it continues to fail to bring European law-and-order into the so-called "no go zones" across the continent, European civilization will die out and a radical brand of Islam will take over.
While in Scandinavia recently, I met with some of the brave people of the International and Danish Free Press Society. They told me this story. In Sweden, Mona Walter, a Somali-Swedish dissident, is known as Sweden's Ayaan Hirsi Ali. Reporters demanded that she walk through a bad neighborhood in Malmo naked-faced so that they would see what might happen. She insisted that she would be attacked but, accompanied by a reporter and a police officer, she set out. She was attacked, as were the reporter and the police officer. They all fled for their lives. The reporter was not allowed to file this story for his newspaper. The truth was seen as too "incendiary," "provocative" and as not "politically correct."
If European countries do not turn this way of thinking around—and very quickly—they are doomed.
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