Female Circumcision – Violence Against Women
Written by Taranjit Singh
on November 6th, 2011.
Posted in Islam
And under the tag of evil religion
One of the most violent and humiliating abuses women are subject to is genital mutilation. It infringes upon their physical as wellas psychological integrity and it represents a perception of women as beings with no rights.
It is a common practice in Islam and approved by Shari’a Law. The function of this practice, whether mild or severe, is ultimately to reduce a woman’s sexual desire, and so ensure her virginity until marriage. The more extensive procedure, involving stitching of the vagina, has the same aim, but reducing the size of the vagina is also intended to increase the husband’s enjoyment of the sexual act.
Families of girls or women who undergo FGM support it because it makes their daughters marriageable – the operation ensures that their daughters will have ready suitors and a satisfactory bride price. Women in the community have a role too, as it is they who arrange for and perform the operation. Typically, the procedure is arranged by the mother or grandmother.
In Islam literally no place for a woman who has not undergone the procedure.
Islam has sanctions, which are brought to bear on the woman and her family, ensuring that the woman’s relatives enforce compliance. Other circumcised girls will no longer associate with her. She is called derogatory names, and is often denied the status and access to positions and roles that ‘adult’ women in that community can occupy. Ultimately, an uncircumcised woman is considered to be a child.
Pain Of Muslim Women*
Female genital mutilation (FGM) includes procedures that intentionally alter or injure female genital organs for non-medical reasons.* The procedure has no health benefits for girls and women.* FGM is internationally recognised as a violation of the human rights of girls and women.* Procedures can cause severe bleeding and problems urinating, and later potential childbirth complications and newborn deaths.
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