Landmark FGM trial in Australia

22 Mar

In a historic trial, marking the first criminal prosecution of FGM in Australia, three people were sentenced to 15-month prison on Friday, 18th of March 2016, “the guardian” reported.

The case revolved around two young girls who underwent a ceremony called “khatna” between 2009 and 2012. They were each 7 years old at the time and members of the Dawoodi Bohra Shia Muslim community.

In the complex case the testimony of the two young girls was crucial.

One of the girls told the court she “imagined she was a princess in a garden” as Kubra Magennis, a former midwife, cut her clitoris with a steel instrument.

Their mother and a former midwife were convicted for carrying out FGM. Shabbir Mohammedbhai Vaziri, a spiritual leader in the Dawoodi Bohra community, was convicted for helping cover up the mutilation.

Read more about the trial here.

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