UGANDA: MPs Table Female Genital Mutilation Bill
It also states that a person commits aggravated FMG where the offender is a parent, guardian or person having control over the victim or where the act is done by a health worker.
The Bill provides that a person who carries out FMG shall be liable to 10 years imprisonment. A person who carries out FMG on herself is also liable to imprisonment for 10 years.
Attempts to carry out FMG or supporting it are also crimes, each carrying five years imprisonment according to the Bill. “Consent of the victim to FMG is immaterial and shall not be a defence under this Act.”
“A magistrate’s court if satisfied that a girl or woman is likely to undergo FMG, upon application by any person, may issue a protection order,” the Bill added. The Speaker, Edward Ssekandi, referred the Bill to the committee on gender, urging it to co-opt other members.
SOURCE: New Vision Online
AUTHOR: Joyce Namutebi
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