Suhair al Bata’a, a 13-year-old girl died of female genital mutilation in Cairo, Egypt last thursday. The doctor who mutilated Suhair al-Bata’a had previously mutilated the victim’s elder sister two years ago. Raslan Fadl, the surgeon who destroyed Suhair mutilated her along three other girls her father tells, ” I was hoping that my daughter would wake up but unfortunately unlike the rest of the girls she did not”.
A health inspector report explained the cause of the death was due to “a sharp drop in blood pressure resulting from shock trauma”.
In 1996, Egypt crimimalized FGM; however many famlies still bring their daughters to be illegally circumcised.
Officials of the new egyptian goverment and religious leaders repromote this crime and are fighting the law against FGM. It is very sad when people with political or religious power promote FGM even they know that is causes life long pain and even death of young girls. Suhair al Bata’a death was for no reason and we hope that people with influence and power reconsider their demand of legalizing FGM in Egypt. Her picture below should be seen as a symbol of FGM cruelty and of hope to eridicate this crime by reminding people that millions of girls still undergo this terrible crime. Lets take action!
Source: Al Arabiya