UGANDA: Police Arrests Moroto Parents Over Circumcision

Police has arrested 10 parents in Looro Sub County , Moroto district who allegedly last week conducted female genital mutilation on their daughters.

Female genital mutilation is a common cultural practice among Pokot, Sebei and Tepeth ethnic groups.

The Spokesperson of Police, Judith Nabakooba says female genital mutilation has been outlawed.

She says whoever practices or promotes it commits an offence leading to an arrest and prosecution.

Nabakooba advises the parents and guardians among the Sebei, Tepeth and and Pokot to discard the practice to avoid arrest.

Female genital mutilation is a culture requirement among the Pokot, Sebei and Tepeth for girls to enter into ‘womanhood.’

The groups of people mentioned above believe that a girl who has undergone female genital mutilation does not share a man’s love with other men.


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DATE: 01/11/2009

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