MALDIVES: Attorney General: Practice Of Female Circumcision Gaining Momentum In Addu

The practice of female circumcision in the name of Islam is being revived in Addu atoll, the Attorney General has warned.

Speaking at a human rights function held on Thursday night, Attorney General Husnu Suood said that the people responsible for reviving the practice of female circumcision in Addu were religious scholars who preach that it was compulsory. He further said that it was imperative that the atrocious practice be brought to a stop.

“This was something we have noticed in the last two weeks,” he said. “These religious scholars are issuing fatwas to midwives in Addu, preaching that it was compulsory in Islam for girls to be circumcised. From the information I have received, the practice has been revitalized in Addu. This is something that we need to stop.”

The Attorney General said that the practice of female circumcision had all but been eradicated in Maldives in recent history, and that they could not just stand by idly as the horrific practice was reintroduced into the country.

“However, the practice is gaining popularity in Addu at an alarming rate,” Husnu Suood said. “I call upon the Government’s responsible authorities to take steps against it.”

SOURCE: Haveeru Online

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DATE: 14/12/2009

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