Female circumcision does not describe what is happening. Female genital mutilation may sound more hardcore, but even that cannot describe the full horror. To add insult to injury, the Malaysian health ministry is looking to reclassify this as a medical practise. What follows in this blog tells you and by diagram shows you what happens.
Azrul Mohd Khalib describes what is happening in Malaysia where religious pronouncements are being made into law increasingly.
Religion poisons everything, for as he says:
If there is no medical benefit, no religious obligation, or any benefit whatsoever to performing female circumcision, then why do it?
Rather than medicalising the practice, we should instead be prohibiting female circumcision to be done and protect our infant daughters and girls from harm.
He mentions the World Health Organisation classifications of female genital mutilation:
● Type I is clitoridectomy — partial or total removal of the clitoris and, in very rare cases, only the prepuce or clitoral hood (the fold of skin surrounding the clitoris).
● Type II is excision: partial or total removal of the clitoris and the labia minora, with or without excision of the labia majora or “the lips” which surround the vagina.
● Type III is infibulation: narrowing of the vaginal opening through the creation of a covering seal. The seal is formed by cutting and repositioning the inner, or outer, labia, with or without removal of the clitoris.
● Type IV includes all other harmful procedures to the female genitalia for non-medical purposes. This includes the procedure of pricking, piercing, incising, scraping and cauterising the genital area.
Please contact your Malaysian Embassy so they know that the whole world is watching.
Article written by John Sargeant on Homo economicus’ Weblog