First conviction for FGM in Great Britain!

Mother from Uganda could go to jail for up to 14 years

In this London court the verdict was pronounced.

It's the top story in all British media! For the first time, a person was convicted in the UK for female genital mutilation (FGM). A 37-year-old woman from Uganda was found guilty of mutilating her then-three-year-old daughter's genitals. According to the BBC, the mother now faces imprisonment of up to 14 years. The message of the guilty verdict spread like wildfire. London Mayor Sadiq Khan tweeted: "The verdict sends a clear message that whoever practices this barbaric practice will no longer go unpunished."

Bizarre! The woman stated that her daughter was injured when she fell on a piece of metal. She had also tried to use bizarre voodoo rituals to stop the police and social workers from investigating. Cow tongues wrapped with wire and pierced with screws were found in the apartment (see photo left of Met Police).

Although FGM has been banned in Britain since 1985, there have been few charges. A conviction has never been handed down. For Waris Dirie, the current conviction in London is a milestone in the fight against FGM. That is why she demands: "I expect all European governments to take tough action against this crime against innocent little girls".




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