9 jailed for circumcision of 30 girls

2012-07-19 14:37

Katiola - Nine women have been sentenced to jail terms for the female circumcision of about 30 young girls, in what the UN said was the first criminal prosecution of its kind in Ivory Coast.

The women, aged between 46 and 91, were found guilty of "female genital mutilation" or complicity on Wednesday and each sentenced to a year in jail and a $90 fine.

Although the UN officials said they did not expect them to serve their sentences due to their age, they welcomed the convictions as an important first step.

"This sentence is the first of its kind in Ivory Coast" and would help to prevent future cases of female circumcision, Patrick Yedress of the United Nations Operation in Ivory Coast (UNOCI), told AFP at court.

The circumcisions were carried out during a ritual ceremony in the northern town of Katiola in February.

In the past, there were arrests of women who had conducted circumcisions, but the cases were settled without going to court following the intervention of relatives and local communities, said Suzanne Maiga of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

A national inquiry in 2006 found that female circumcision affected 36% of the female population. A UN study put the figure at 42%.

The practice is particularly prevalent among northern Muslims and animists in the west of the country where up to 80% of females are circumcised despite a 1998 ban and numerous initiatives aimed at eradicating it.

Last year a three-year-old girl from near Katiola died after undergoing the procedure.

  • Zeezoh - 2012-07-19 15:06

    whats the purpose of curcumcision?

      jaba.kov - 2012-07-19 15:37

      for women nothing... for men some health benefits…

      phoenix.px.5 - 2012-07-19 16:12

      To control women (by ensuring they remain virgins) and to remove the 'pleasure' that women has before sex. It is an evil practice. Removing any part of a baby/child's body (boy or girl) is mutilation - no matter how you look at it.

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-07-19 16:32

      Not really... there is not conclusive evidence that shows being circumcised is healthier than uncircumcised. The only reason it is done is because of religion and aesthetics

  • dianne.neyt - 2012-07-19 15:08

    Filthy savages....throw them in jail and lose the keys. They commited a heinous crime and should serve prison time regardless of their age! Let them feel misery for what they did to innocent young girls.

  • zaatheist - 2012-07-19 15:21

    Good news for once. Superstitious religious belief have no place in the 21st Century.

  • lorrainesuh - 2012-07-19 15:23

    Female circumcission?

      phoenix.px.5 - 2012-07-19 16:13

      Get educated please.

  • eyesears.handsfeet - 2012-07-19 15:24

    3 year old girl? Words cannot express my anger for these w&^$^&$. What the hell for? Although the UN officials said they did not expect them to serve their sentences due to their age. To hell with this. They should sit irrespective of their age. How much more are going to die due to this sick sick sick doctor play ritual?

  • magomarele - 2012-07-19 15:43

    for males it's hygienic and healthy, for females it's travesty.

      phoenix.px.5 - 2012-07-19 16:15

      It is a travesty no matter how you look at it, for boys and girls. We are in the 21st century and we have soap and water. The body is designed the way it is for a reason.

  • wesley.bischoff - 2012-07-19 16:01

    Absolutely disgusting. But so is male circumcision. Both should be banned. Both are mutilation for no reason besides religion and aesthetics.

  • phae.rayden - 2012-07-19 17:14

    How dare a parent think they have the right to mutilate their child's body, male or female, for any cultural or religious reason whatsoever. Its not theirs to decide! Parents should be held equally responsible for this savagery.

      Mpho Mohale - 2014-01-09 12:00

      Funny its only here in SA,especialy Eastern cape where ther are so many deaths, I come from Lesotho and we never have death related to circumsion. and only people older than 16 go to these schools, and to show that they know what they are doing,some boys actualy volunteer to go with out their parents concern!

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