Court Convicts Doctor Of Female Genital Mutilation In Egypt

Sohair al-Bata'a, who died after being subjected to female genital mutilation

Sohair al-Bata’a

 

EGYPT –

 

 

AN Egyptian doctor has been convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to two years and three months in prison for performing female genital mutilation that led to the death of a 13-year-old girl.

Sohair al-Bata’a, died after being subjected to female genital mutilation

Lawyer Reda el-Danbouki, who represented the deceased said Monday’s verdict was “a triumph for women” in the country.

Doctor Raslan Fadl’s case was the first that came to trial over the widespread practice in the North African country.

Fadl was initially acquitted of the 2013 death of Sohair el-Batea in a village in the Nile Delta province of Dakahliya. He was not present in court Monday and his whereabouts were still unknown.

Egypt has one of the highest rates of female genital mutilation in the world and criminalized the practice in 2008, but it remains widespread.

More than 90 percent of women in Egypt are estimated to have undergone female genital mutilation. International women rights group Equality Now said in an email that almost one in four survivors of female genital mutilation in the world is from Egypt.

 

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