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AUSTRALIA: Female Circumcision Under Consideration

Australian doctors are considering introducing a controversial form of genital mutilation carried out on baby girls.

The Royal Australian New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG) says the practice of "ritual nicks" could meet the cultural needs of some women and potentially save some people from drastic surgery.

Although illegal in Australia, female genital mutilation is common among some African, Asian and Middle Eastern communities but has been known to leave some young girls scarred for life when not carried out in proper clinical facilities.

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RANZCOG secretary Gino Pecoraro told News Ltd, "We will need to start to think about [its introduction] but we would have to speak to community leaders from Australia."

"But we need to make sure we do not legitimise the ritualistic maiming of children."

RANZCOG said the issue would be discussed at a women's health meeting in June.

SOURCE: The Age

AUTHOR: Paul Tatnell

URL: Click here

DATE: 10/06/2010

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