FGM-a proper legal response

 

It is with interest that I noticed an article in the Sydney Morning Herald yesterday that details the beginnings of legal actions to be taken against those in Australia that undertake this horrendous practice of mutilating little girls.

As anyone reading this blog is aware my reactions to FGM, as one of the disgustingly barbaric, disfiguring and revolting things that can be done to defenceless and vulnerable children under the control of deluded adults, raises my ire as little else does.

Sheikh Shabbir Vaziri, 56, who police sources say is part of a lesser-known branch of Islam, has been charged with two counts of accessory after the fact of female genital mutilation and hindering investigation of a serious indictable offence.

Also arrested today was a 68-year-old woman who has been charged with two counts of prohibition of female genital mutilation.

A 42-year-old man and a 35-year-old woman were arrested last Friday and charged with two counts each of female genital mutilation.

This final statement in the article drew my interest:

Female genital mutilation is illegal in NSW. It is also an offence to take a NSW resident overseas to have the procedure performed.

 

To begin with I hadn’t realised that FGM had been made illegal in NSW and that it is an offence to spirit girls away overseas to have the procedure performed in places like Pakistan and in Africa.

It is heartening that more and more news stories indicate that FGM is becoming unacceptable even in places where hitherto it had been seen as a cultural norm rather more than a Muslim practice (which it isn’t except that Muslims are the ones practising this barbarism).

There is another SMH report two days ago about WA girls and babies undergoing FGM. It appears that some Catholic groups also perform FGM. It is obvious that FGM pre-dates any and all religion. The Catholic must be the African Catholics having been proselytised by white Catholic missionaries sticking their noses in where they shouldn’t.

While its original raison d’être seems to relate to cleanliness as did male circumcision, the fact that these procedures still occur has more to do with tradition than any real sense of ‘need’. There is a belief that clitoral and labial removal and stitching up whatever is left of the external genitalia is to stop women from being ‘overly sexually active’. What a load of codswallop!

I have enormous difficulty with this as babies are the ones undergoing the procedure. The only thing I can see is that the children are under adult control and the women are the ones to perform this barbarism.

I suspect that hidden amongst the traditional rubbish and crap, FGM is to keep bloody paedophiles away from girls. It obviously didn’t and still doesn’t work. Men still abuse girls and women, get away with it while the women undergo humiliation, torture and are often stoned to death. In western countries stoning has been replaced by shooting or knifing.

We know about Ayaan Hirsi Ali but I hadn’t heard of this woman who is on the same warpath and from the same country of Somalia. This is Waris Dirie and she is quoted as saying something that I can relate to:

The idea that things are too private to mention is, after all, what keeps them shrouded in silence. ”You’ve got a vagina, I’ve got a vagina, every man in the world knows you have got one, like he’s got a prick and an arse!” she snaps. ”There is nothing to be ashamed [of], that it should not be discussed because it is private! But then it is private and should not be touched – that is the point. And it’s not just my world, it’s everywhere.” 

Waris Dirie – another FGM victim

She is strong and angry and this quote from the SMH article is good:

”But I’m sad this ignorance is still happening. I know the world knows it’s wrong. If I’m angry, I’m angry with those who have the knowledge to change something and are not changing it.”

 

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Female Genital Mutilation – FGM – in tolerant Britain

I am sick to bloody death of the so-called ‘cultural sensitivity’ that abounds in this damned country. The cultural sensitivity that I call wimpishness that allows, by tacitly condoning, some of the more repulsive and barbaric practices that have been imported into Britain.

These practices include the outrageous and egregious practice of female genital mutilation that has infiltrated this country via different immigrant peoples all of which call Islam their ‘religion’.

The British seem to have no idea how to make multiculturalism work but keep opening their arms to disparate groups of immigrants – mostly post colonial, some of whom are internecine enemies. The British then allow pockets of immigrant groups to form in housing estates thus allowing (again by tacit acceptance) a ghetto culture to develop with rival groups at loggerheads with each other. So much of this stems from the old days of Empire when Britain had some pretty horrendous practices of its own. But, really! Is that any excuse to encourage the barbarism that some of the immigrants’ cultures embrace with religious fervour. The Brits stand by limp-wristedly and spruik cultural sensitivity and inclusiveness.

Today the BBC online news had an article advertising its Newsnight programme tonight:

Hidden world of female genital mutilation in the UK

It must surely be unacceptable in any so-called self-styled civilised society to turn a blind eye to cutting off the clitoris, the outer labia and inner labia and then sewing up the raw flesh of the vagina leaving a tiny hole for urination and menstruation. Done when the girl is anywhere from three years old onwards. Ayaan Hirsi Ali was six when her grandmother held her down and in highly septic conditions mutilated her. That was in Somalia.

I understand how hard it is to track and monitor this revolting practice because it occurs usually in a domestic setting and on a kitchen table. I also understand how pathetic Border Control is – but that is where the monitoring should start.

Ayaan Hirsi Ali – mutilated at six

Read Ali’s book; read the BBC article; watch Newsnight tonight or watch it tomorrow on BBC iPlayer. Become aware of what is going on in the cities across Britain.

I fail to understand why, if France can use its enacted laws to prosecute the practitioners of this disgusting practice of hacking off female genitals, Britain has yet to prosecute anyone despite having enacted similar laws to France at the same time in the 1980s.

I get so angry when I try to imagine the horror and pain these children feel; what must seem as an act of betrayal from the parents and grandparents they have learnt to trust. Because it is an act of betrayal. Parents are expected to love, cherish and nurture their children, not mutilate them for some stupid tradition.

And then the aftermath when these girls grow up (some, of course, die from blood loss, toxic shock and other infections) – painful sex, reconstructive surgery, agonising childbirth after being cut open again for the passage of the baby. And I am supposed to accept that crap because such practices are part of the social and religious culture of various peoples? Bollocks! It is barbaric and stems from primitive beliefs and gender control measures.

This is how France’s seasoned campaigner sees it:

‘She (Isabelle Gillette-Faye) is trying her best not to be rude about the English.
“In England, you are very respectful of your immigrants,” she says.
“It is very different in France. They have to integrate and they have to obey our laws.”’

What sort of religious claptrap is Britain going to handle so that girls can be cut because the Brits are oh so ‘culturally sensitive’. What a load of rubbish. France has it on the money. Integrate and obey the laws of the land. Stamp this horrible dehumanising behaviour out – and Rowan Williams – stop bleating on about how Sharia law needs to sit in concert with British law so that Islam can continue pretending it can exert its barbarism in this country.

It is time to take a zero tolerance stance on this rubbish. Massive fines, gaol terms and banishment from our society. Come on Cameron, Gove, Clegg and the rest of you wimps. Do something!