„Cheat genital mutilation ban by going abroad“: British Muslim leader caught on camera advocating FGM.
LONDON – Mohammed Abdul, the Imam of a Bristol mosque, was filmed urging a follower to take women and girls abroad so they can be mutilated legally. As the Daily Mail reported yesterday, the footage was obtained by an undercover reporter working for the Sunday Times newspaper, who posed as a Muslim seeking advice.
„In this country, it (FGM) is not possible, we cannot do that. (For) any other Muslim who likes to practise the way of Prophet Muhammad, the best way is to go to other countries“, said the Imam. Although female genital mutilation has not been advocated by Muslim scripture, a number of clerics encourage it. „In this country you have to fight for your religion, your cultures, They (the British) don’t like your Muslim cultures“, he further stated.
The practise was banned by law in 2003, and it’s illegal to help or encourage anyone to carry out the barbaric procedure overseas. Nevertheless an estimated 100,000 women in Britain have undergone the procedure and another 24,000 are thought to be at risk.
Dr Yunes Teinaz, who works for anti-FGM charity Forward, tells The Sunday Times: „As a result of misinformation spread by so-called Muslim scholars, young girls are being mutilated and subjected to unimaginable pain and suffering.“ The police have confirmed they have received the Sunday Times video and that the „material will now be assessed.“