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Swiss Islamic Council Justifies Female Genital Mutilation

The Islamic Central Council of Switzerland (IZRS) has defended the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM), claiming that Islamic law justifies the practice.

The organisation released an “Islamic legal opinion” this week arguing that a form of so-called “female circumcision”, involving the removal of parts of the genitals, is justified, Swiss newspaper Tages Anzeiger reports.

IZRS Secretary-General Ferah Uluca said that while the paper justifies the practice, it does not call on Muslims to perform it as a duty. Ulucay said it is up to each parent to decide, but the paper does claim the practice is not harmful to the girl involved.

The paper also uses a United Nations Population Fund report to back its argument comparing FGM to male circumcision — but the report cited states that the health consequences of male and female circumcision are much different.

The “Sunna circumcision” is classified by the World Health Organization (WHO) as Type 1 FGM which involves either the removal of the clitoral hood (prepuce) only (Type 1a) or the removal of the clitoris with the prepuce (Type 1b).

FGM has been illegal in Switzerland since 2012 and those found to practice any form of it are liable to be imprisoned for up to ten years.

Many advocates for FGM justify the process as “female circumcision”, claiming that it is separate from FGM. One such Islamic scholar, Irish Muslim leader Ali Selim, made this argument earlier this month saying: “I’m not an advocate of female genital mutilation but I am an advocate of female circumcision.”

The United Nations and the WHO make no distinction between various forms of female circumcision, labelling them all FGM.

Cases of FGM have skyrocketed across Europe due to mass migration policies with the UK seeing 5,000 cases in 2016 but no prosecutions, despite it being illegal.

In France, a recent report from an anti-FGM charity claimed that up to 30 per cent of the girls living in Paris’s heavily migrant-populated suburbs were at risk of FGM.

The prevalence of FGM has not been limited to Europe either, with more and more cases being seen in Canada as well.

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3 Comments

  1. paulette

    February 24, 2018 at 10:04 pm

    I WANT TO CUT THIS GUYS D-K OFF WITH NO PAIN MEDS,DEMONS JUSTIFY THIS NOT MEN

  2. Linda Lewis

    February 24, 2018 at 10:18 pm

    This is so sick!! They want the US to convert to Islam! Either by choice or by force!! They are such a PEACEFUL religion???!!

  3. bruce mckenna

    February 25, 2018 at 12:55 am

    THROW THESE FECKIN RELIGIOUS FREAKS OUT OF YOUR COUNTRY. THEY HAVE NO RIGHTS TO PERVEY THEIR MONSTROUS ANCIENT TABOOS ON OTHER HUMANS. AS FAR AS I AM CONCERNED THEY SHOULD ALL BE STANDING OVER A TRENCH DESIGNED TO SAY GOODBYE FOREVER. SWITZERLAND, IT IS TIME TO STAND UP AND REMOVE THIS GARBAGE FROM YOUR LAND. IT IS NOT THEIRS TO MAKE RULES OR VIOLATE HUMANS ON YOUR SOIL. AND PEOPLE WONDER WHY CIVIL PEOPLE TAKE MATTERS INTO THEIR OWN HANDS. SEND THES SUB HUMANS BACK TO THEIR SAND CASTLES AND DO THE WORLD A FAVOR. I SWEAR IF THIS MAN WAS IN FRONT OF ME AND SPEWED OUT THAT IT ISLAMIC LAW, HE WOULD BE ON THE GROUND LOOKING UP. THE IZRS ACTUALLY HAS A COUNCIL IN A COUNTRY THAT IS LOVED BY MOST. KICK THE PRICKS OUT AND TAKE THE HEAT.

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