GP avoids prosecution over circumcision of 3 month old baby

BMJ 2017; 359: j5297
Author: Clare Dyer
“A GP who was arrested in June after circumcising a 3 month old boy for religious reasons without his mother’s permission will not be charged, the Crown Prosecution Service has decided. Balvinder Mehat, 61, of Bakersfield Medical Centre in Nottingham, was arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm with intent. Two other people, unnamed relatives of the child from the father’s side of the family, were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to cause grievous bodily harm with intent.”
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A dangerous muddying of the waters?: The ‘significant harm’ of Re B and G (children) (care proceedings) [2015]

Med Law Rev first published online June 7, 2016  doi:10.1093/medlaw/fwv039
Author: Ruari D. Mcalister
“The academic debate rages on as to whether male circumcision really is in the best interests of the child or if it constitutes an abusive practice. This commentary discusses the recent case of Re B and G (children) (care proceedings) [2015] EWFC 3, delivered by the current President of the Family Division of the High court, Sir James Munby. Two key issues are raised by this judgment. First, that President Munby’s obiter comments constitute an attack on the legally accepted act of male circumcision by suggesting a similar nature between the illegal act of female genital mutilation (FGM) and that of male circumcision as well as the suggestion that male circumcision can be classed as a significant harm. Second, that this case reflects the woefully unprepared condition of the UK medical profession in dealing with FGM.”
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Muslim man loses high court bid to have sons circumcised

The Guardian, 19 April 2016
“A devout Muslim has failed to persuade a high court judge to rule that his sons should be circumcised. The man, who was born in Algeria but lives in England, argued that circumcision would be in accordance with his “Muslim practice and religious beliefs” – and in the youngsters’ best interests. But the boys’ mother, who grew up in Devon and is separated from their father, disagreed.”
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In defence of genital autonomy for children

J Med Ethics doi:10.1136/medethics-2015-103030
Author: Brian D Earp
“Arora and Jacobs (2016) assume that liberal societies should tolerate non-therapeutic infant male circumcision, and argue that it follows from this that they should similarly tolerate—or even encourage—what the authors regard as ‘de minimis’ forms of female genital mutilation (as defined by the World Health Organization). In this commentary, I argue that many serious problems would be likely to follow from a policy of increased tolerance for female genital mutilation, and that it may therefore be time to consider a less tolerant attitude toward non-therapeutic infant male circumcision.”
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FGM: Legal duty to inform police comes into force

BBC, 31 October 2015
Author: James Gallagher
“Doctors, nurses, midwives and teachers are now legally required to report cases of female genital mutilation (FGM) to the police. Failure to do so will result in disciplinary measures and could ultimately lead to them being barred from working. The rules apply in England and Wales when girls under 18 say they have been cut or staff recognise the signs.”
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Defence team in Australia’s first FGM trial claim it is ‘much ado about nothing’

The Guardian, 15 September 2015
Author: Bridie Jabour
“Australia’s first prosecution of female genital mutilation (FGM) has been labelled “much ado about nothing” by the defence for two of the people accused of being involved in the crime, who claim that no mutilation occurred. The trial of Shabbir Mohammedbhai Vaziri, a woman known as KM and the mother of two girls who allegedly underwent the alleged mutilation started in the New South Wales supreme court on Monday.”
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Canadian Children’s Rights Group Questions New Circumcision Policy

News.sys-con, 9 September 2015
Source: Marketwired
“A just released policy on infant male circumcision by the Canadian Paediatric Society (CPS) was judged today by the Children’s Health & Human Rights Partnership (CHHRP) to be a step in the right direction, but was “nevertheless ‘predictably inadequate’ with respect to several specific issues.”
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Police obtain first FGM protection order

The Guardian, 18 July 2015
Author: Kevin Rawlinson
“Police have secured the UK’s first ever female genital mutilation protection order, which bans travel by people who are believed to be at risk of FGM. As some schools broke up for the summer holidays on Friday, Bedfordshire police seized the passports of two young girls who it was thought could be taken to Africa to be mutilated. Police obtained the court order under a new power which came into force on Friday. Breaching it is a criminal offence.”
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Royal college strengthens its guideline on female genital mutilation

BMJ 2015;351:h3709
Author: Ingrid Toriesen
“The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists has revised its guideline on female genital mutilation to clarify healthcare professionals’ legal responsibilities, the requirements to notify cases, and the management of women who have undergone mutilation who are pregnant or giving birth. The update comes after the first attempted UK prosecution of a doctor for female genital mutilation. Dhanuson Dharmasena, a trainee registrar in obstetrics and gynaecology at the Whittington Hospital in north London, was acquitted earlier this year.”
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How Similar Is FGM to Male Circumcision? Your Thoughts

The Atlantic, 14 May 2015
Author: Chris Bodenner
“Last month in The Atlantic, Olga Khazan’s interview with anthropologist Bettina Shell-Duncan on common misconceptions of female circumcision—also called female genital mutilation (FGM) or female genital cutting (FGC)—attracted a ton of commentary from readers. We compiled and edited the best ones, which in turn attracted more comments.”
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