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Female genital mutilation is barbaric

07 November 2013, 15:30

I have for some time now been worried about the level of barbarism that go on in this part of the world in the name of “culture” and amongst the countless numbers in this category is female genital mutilation, popularly called female circumcision. As horrific and barbaric as it is, many mothers still allow their daughters to go through this ugly experience of excruciating pain in the name of culture. In my candid opinion, I think that everybody should lend their voice to put an end to this.

Although some young girls do it for fun without knowing the health risks and a lifelong pain, they need to be properly educated on the effects of it. A woman victim once said that despite her agony she was powerless to resist the societal pressure which drives this tradition of insensitivity and wickedness against the women. According to research and researchers, a mixture of family pressure, cultural belief and religious motivations make Female Genital Mutilation as bad as it is difficult to eradicate completely in the country today in a world where everyone is speaking civilization and science.

According to a friend of mine who is a medical doctor, the practice amongst other things involves the removal of all or parts of the external female genitalia including the clitoris as well as the labia and in some cases the narrowing of the vagina. It is carried out before the age of fifteen.  The pain is unimaginable. Call it hell on earth, it is as worse. It has been documented in about 29 African countries but that doesn’t make it reasonable.

Today, hundreds of thousands of girls are said to be at risk of this type mutilation while another hundreds of thousands live with the consequences and yet, nobody is yet to be prosecuted for carrying out or even abetting it though I’m yet to know the position of the law on this. However, victims were under no illusions of how painful it could be. Why was it part of our life in the first place? Worrisome enough, those cutters have no medical qualifications and perform the operations in the open space without in any way sterilizing the objects. I was rightly informed by a victim from the South Southern part of the country that it was like someone cutting off your finger without pain relief. According to her, the moment you have it done you have problems and when you have your period as a girl/woman, it is very painful. Imagine how painful child bearing could be.

Some people are of the opinion that it is intended to guarantee virginity before getting married and ensuring sex would be painful and frightening to young girls. If sex is not pleasurable to the couple, where is the enjoyment that is supposed to come as a result? I have just one question to ask, should we allow this wicked and barbaric custom continues?  

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