Female circumcision or female genital mutilation involves the cutting of clitoris of young girls before getting married. This savage and barbarous act is dominant in Islamic countries. The Bible speaks about circumcision, but only on a male child. “And Abraham circumcised his son Isaac when he was eight days old, as God had commanded him.” Genesis 21:4 indicates that, but the Bible doesn’t speak about female circumcision anywhere.
The question is ‘Where did female circumcision come from and what’s the significance behind this practice which has caused health hazard to thousands of girls in countries mostly practiced? Every religion has its dos and don’ts or built on certain principles but at times some principles or traditions followed by ancestors are meaningless. Female circumcision is one of them. The idea behind this barbarous act is to “help” the woman to be faithful and stay with only her husband.
It’s forbidden for a woman to marry two men or sleep with another man besides her husband. That is the case, but nothing wrong for a man to marry ten women? This is greed more than law or principle governing a religion. Oppression and discrimination against women continue in many parts of the world, including Africa and Asia. Many women have become subject to all kinds of horrible situations, ranging from rape, sexual harassment and physical battering, to psychological abuse.
From Biblical time till now, there hasn’t been any medical record indicating that male circumcision poses health hazard, but hundreds against female circumcision. This act has no significant health benefits for girls or women, instead causes severe bleeding and injury to female genital organs. Many women, who have had severe complications after circumcision, end up in wheel chairs, crippled or barren. It is estimated that about 140 million girls and women worldwide are currently living with disastrous effects of female circumcision.
Female circumcision is practiced in 26 countries across Africa. In the Republic of Sierra Leone, an ethnic group calling its self “The Bondo Society” still carries this outdated tradition. Gambia launched a three year program aimed to abolishing Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). The project captioned “Eradication harmful traditional practices through rights education” started from to 2010 to 2012. It will be very wise on health grounds when other countries practicing this inhuman act follow.
Following outdated tradition women with knives subjected young girls to such horrific procedures. Many women are traumatized and psychologically affected for life. FMG is a crime. The World Health Organization is against it. The world should therefore fight against this wicked act. It’s totally inhuman. Cases of female circumcision should consider as child abuse.
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