“Mummy why did you cut me?” Unbelievable Facts About Genital Mutilation
“Mummy why did you cut me?”, yelled all those girls who go through mutilation.
The World Health Organisation defines the practice of female genital mutilation, also known as Female Genital Cutting or FGM as a procedure involving partial or total removal of the external female genitalia, or other injuries to the female genitalia for non-medical reasons.
The procedure has no health benefits for girls and women. In fact, it causes severe bleeding and problems while urinating. It can also later produce tumours or cysts, infections, as well as complications in childbirth and increased risk of newborn deaths.
Even though the procedure (FGM) is considered as a violation of human rights, it is practised on a large scale in Africa and the Middle East.
Let’s go through some of the unbelievable facts about FGM:
According to WHO report, more than 200 million girls and women are subjected to female genital mutilation.
The actual range is quite large, but it is really hard to track. These cultural activities and shame often silence those who have suffered from such activities.
Most girls are cut between infancy and 15 years of age.
The average age of a girl being cut is ten years. Many argue that the age these girls are mutilated is too young to consent or revolt against, and so the silence prevails.
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