First UK Female Genital Mutilation Court Case – illegal practice

Alleged FGM performed here
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A doctor with the National Health Service has been cleared of performing Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) February 4, 2015.

Dr Dhanuson Dharmasena from Ilford East London was found not guilty of performing FGM on a young mother.

Anoher person, Hasan Mohamed of Holloway, North London, was cleared of aiding and abetting Dr Dharmasena.

The trial was the first of its kind in the UK.  The two medics had been working at the Whittington Hospital in  NorthLondon.

The jury acquitted Dr Dharmasena after less than half an hour of deliberations.

Background:

The Crown Prosecution Services were asked by the Met Police to consider evidence in relation to this allegation of FMG.

It was alleged that following a patient giving birth in November 2012, a doctor at the Whittington Hospital repaired FGM that had previously been performed on the woman. This action suggested that the doctor carried out female genital mutilation on the woman.

CPS

Crown Prosecution Services have warned the government that sweeping legal changes were needed to boost the chances of bringing offenders of FGM to justice. They were to go to the House of Commons and meet with members of the Home Affairs Committee to launch an inquiry into FGM.

Campaigners have been fighting for legal action for some years and were pleased with the announcement.  ynuk.tv has this report

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