Sudan: Landmark law bans female genital mutilation

Sudanese authorities approved a landmark draft law on Saturday to ban female genital mutilation with a three-year prison sentence for perpetrators. «Female circumcision is a bad habit. We inherited it from our ancestors,» explained a victim of the practice in footage shot in Khartoum. «I suffer, and no-one else, from circumcision. I am married and I have long agonised from it, therefore I hope... Еще that the law proscribes circumcision,» she said. Doctor Ehsan Faqiri, chair of the «No to Women's Oppression» initiative, acknowledged it was «a huge step forward, although there have been many laws in the past but not implemented.» «Such procedures violate the body of the child, and affect her psychological health,» she said, in a country where nine out of ten women between the ages of 15 to 49 have been suffered this practice, according to United Nations data. «Sudanese laws must therefore be in line with international conventions,» she added. «It is a magnificent step since it is in the era of revolution under the slogan of freedom and justice, and I am very optimistic about it.» The article 141 in the Sudanese Criminal law would be enacted to outlaw female circumcision, although the draft has yet to be approved by the cabinet and the sovereign council that came into power in 2019.

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