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UGANDA: Malinga Warns Parents On Female Genital Mutilation

The Minister of Uganda for Health, Dr. Stephen Malinga has said parents in Moroto, Kotido and Kapchorwa among other districts who conduct female genital mutilation on their daughters risk arrest.

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

The Minister says female genital mutilation is outlawed and whoever practices or promotes it risk arrest and subsequent prosecution. He was today addressing residents of Moroto town council.

Malinga also called upon girls to discard the practice and report to police the parents and guardians who promote the practice.

Dr. Malinga says female genital mutilation is inhuman and risky to the girls’ life. Female genital mutilation is a culture requirement among the Pokot, Sebei and Tepeth for girls to enter into ‘womanhood.’

The Pokot, Sebei and Tepeth believe that a girl who has undergone female genital mutilation does not share a man’s love with other men.

SOURCE: UGPulse.com

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DATE: 27/1/09 

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