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Foreign Doctor Arrested For Performing Female Genital Mutilation On A Child

Irish authorities were horrified by reports of Female Genital Mutilation being on the rise. A suspect was arrested after the report came in about one toddler being the victim of FGM. The man, a Somalian national, went to a family's home to perform the sick procedure.

Even though reports of the incident are on the rise, the man's capture and charges are a first for Irish authorities. FGM is banned in Ireland.

Female Genital Mutilation is still practiced in at least 30 countries, even though it's illegal practically around the world. Mostly, female children in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East have been victims of the disturbing procedure due to old-fashioned beliefs about it controlling a woman's sex drive. Now, with immigrants and refugees fleeing these countries in droves, the practice is beginning to spread throughout Europe and the Americas, mostly in cities with high immigrant populations.

Irish police got a tip from a neighbor that a local with two little girls, ages five and two, called in the Somalian to perform FGM on the youngest child. The little girl was rushed to the hospital and is being treated.

Contrary to superstitions, there are actually no benefits of FGM at all. It is a barbaric practice that brings nothing but pain and trauma. With FGM, the risk of bleeding out is the first concern. Another huge concern is an infection. Most of the individuals who perform the procedure are not medically trained.

If the child survives those two immediate threats, she's not out of danger yet. The procedure can destroy the genitals and result in a number of complications. A girl could have trouble urinating, experience terrible pain, it could make sex difficult for her in the future and, should she have children, it can cause complications in childbirth.

The man who was arrested faces charges and police are currently investigating the incident. If the man is convicted, he could face up to 14 years in prison, and/or be fined up to $11,000.

Source: Mirror
Photo: Dublin Live

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