Borders of the mind: The profound paradox of Female Genital Mutilation. @DexterDiasQC for Discover Society


Justice Brief

Discover Society, Issue 4. January 2014

Dexter Dias QC, Harvard University, Human Rights lawyer (London)                 

The last two months have seen developments on both sides of the Atlantic around the vexed topic of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), which involves the mutilation of the genitalia of young women and girls for non-medical reasons. In Scotland the BBC reported  that there was an increase in the number of women who had suffered FGM. Indeed, amid reports that girls were being brought to Scotland to be mutilated not only from the rest of the UK but also from mainland Europe, the NGO, The Agency for Culture and Change Management, described the country as being regarded as a ‘soft touch’ by adherents of FGM. Although a crime since 1985, there have been no successful prosecutions in the UK of anyone involved in genitally mutilating young women…

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