Female Genital Mutilation Advice sought from medical experts

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By 2017-12-16

The Parliamentary Sectoral Oversight Committee on women and gender has written to the medical community in the country seeking their opinion on the practice of female genital mutilation.

Controversy arose recently with several victims of female circumcision, specifically the khatna ritual as practiced by a section of the Muslim community, a practice which the World Health Organization (WHO) classifies as female genital mutilation.
However this particular Muslim community describes the practice as female genital cutting.

Parliamentarian and Chairperson of the Committee, Dr. Thusitha Wijemanna said that she had sent letters to the Sri Lanka College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the College of Community Physicians of Sri Lanka and the Sri Lanka College of Pediatricians, seeking their opinion in this regard. She also added that the matter is one that is the duty and responsibility of the National Child Protection Authority (NPCA).

"We call it grievous hurt. It is in fact a human rights violation involving child rights," she noted.

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