UGANDA: AG Rules On Female Genital Mutilation

THE Attorney General has advised the Constitutional Court to dismiss a petition challenging female genital mutilation as unconstitutional.

In a reply to the petition filed by the Law and Advocacy for Women in Uganda (LAWU), the Attorney General said the custom does not call for any interpretation of the law.

He said LAWU did not have sound reasons to drag the Government to court because the practice does not violate the Constitution.

The custom is practiced by the Sabiny in Kapchorwa, Bukwo and Bugiri districts. The Pokot in Nakapiripirit district and the Tepeth in Moroto district also carry out the practice.

In April, LAWU petitioned the Constitutional Court claiming that female genital mutilation is a form of torture, is cruel, inhuman and a degrading treatment, which the Constitution prohibits.

The petitioners urgued that the practice was painful and sometimes led to death, thus violating the right to life that is guaranteed by the Constitution.

The petitioners added that the practice was carried out in the open, violating the dignity and status of women.

SOURCE: New Vision Online

AUTHOR: Hillary Nsambu

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DATE: 19/07/2007

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