Tuesday, June 10, 2008

on opposition to Egypt's banning of FGM

GulfNews has a write up on Egypt's new child law, which not only bans FGM but gives single mothers the right to secure birth certificates for their babies and raises the age of legal marriage to 18. (Previously it was 16).

Here is one father's position on the new law:

"This is nonsense," said Mustafa, a native of the south Egyptian city of Sohag who has been living in Cairo for around 20 years. "Circumcision for girls is a must as it protects their chastity," added the 48-year-old Muslim father. "Islam also encourages circumcision for girls as well."

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