Aug 22 2010
The doctor who did this has been arrested. But it makes one wonder how many young girls die by the hand of the typical genital mutilator, (AKA the village child abuser) who has no medical credentials, no sterile equipment, yet performs clitorectomies on little girls all the time.
Muslims like to say FGM has nothing to do with Islam, but this says otherwise: complete-guide-to-female-genital-mutilation-yes-its-a-muslim-thing
Minister of Family Mouchira Khattab called for Egyptian Attorney General Abdel Meguid Mahmoud to carry out an investigation into the death of the young girl, Nermine El Haddad, who was 13-years-old. In the statement, Khattab asked for all legal steps to be taken against everyone responsible for this crime.
The doctor accused with the crime, Fatheya Mohamed Ahmed Eweida, has been taken into preventative custody. The victim died after a massive haemorrhage and her parents reportedly buried her, afraid of being caught. The news was reported by another doctor who learned about the incident. Mouchira Khattab – an ally in the battle together with First Lady Suzanne Mubarak – promoted childhood law number 126 of 2008, which for the first time banned female genital mutilation (FGM), making a crime. In 2007 the Health Minister issued a decree that banned the practice in hospitals by doctors and others.
Moderate Muslims have welcomed the measure, saying that FGM has nothing to do with Islam (See link above), and is a tradition of African origin. Nonetheless, the practice has grown particularly strong roots in the south part of the country, to the point that the minister is also personally involved in the FGM Free Village Model programme, which was launched in 2003 with the Cairo Declaration. ANSAmed H/T Women against Sharia