Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Malaysia: 93% of Muslim women have undergone female genital mutilation

Fa Abdul was 9 years old when she found out she had been circumcised when she was just a baby.
A 2012 study found 93% of Muslim women in Malaysia have been circumcised. Female circumcision isn't prescribed in the Koran or Hadiths, women’s advocates say. One mom says Malaysia’s culture and society "expected us to do it"
She was among the millions of girls across Malaysia whose families believe that female circumcision protects young girls from committing "sins".
"Many Muslims in Malaysia will tell you that circumcision will protect girls from growing up and becoming wild," Ms Abdul said.
The UN’s Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, held in Switzerland, slammed the country over continuing to practice female circumcision or female genital mutilation.
Ms Abdul — who's a journalist and works at online news publication Malaysiakini — gave birth to her 1st child, a girl, at the age of 20.
Due to religious and family pressure, her daughter was subjected to female circumcision.
"The doctor pulled away the labia and used something that looked like a needle to slit the clitoral hood," she said.
"A [flow] of blood came out and then my daughter started crying."
A decade later, Ms Abdul’s viewpoint on female circumcision changed dramatically, after she found out that there was no medical benefit and that it was simply a religious ordain.
"We were already born into the culture and that society expected us to do it," she said.
"Doing it becomes automatic, you just follow and stop asking questions.

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