Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Does it happen here?

The leftist Independent newspaper in Britain reports more than 66,000 women living in Britain have had their genitals mutilated to satisfy the barbaric muslim religion and 20,000 British girls are at risk of been sent to Africa for female circumcision.
Hospitals and clinics across the country have reported an increasing number of women showing evidence of the mutilation, which often has a devastating impact on their health and ability to give birth naturally.
Children as young as five are held down and cut, sometimes with razor blades or broken glass, in a ritual driven by a range of cultural demands, including a desire to demonstrate a girl's virginity on her wedding night
Campaigners are trying to end this, along with the other Islamic practice of honour killings, but one victim , now living in London, recalls:
"When it happened I was five, and I didn't even know this practice existed. I was taken off with my cousins and other girls that I knew – we thought that we were going to a party. I was reassured because so many people I knew were there. Then the atmosphere changed, and the adult women became more aggressive. They took one of the girls away, and I heard her scream – I was the 20th girl to be taken, so I heard that scream over and over again. I heard them saying 'No, don't cut me', but I didn't know what they were cutting.
"Then it was my turn. I didn't know what was happening, but it hurt so much I thought that I was going to die. They must have used a knife but I couldn't see it. It felt like having all of your nails ripped off at the same moment. There was no anaesthetic. Physically, it took a long time for me to heal. Every day when I have a shower I am reminded of the fact that I have been mutilated. "
Now, in the 2001 census New Zealand reported 40,000 muslims. While muslims here claim to be moderate, I do wonder if girls here are also sent overseas to be circumcised, even if in much smaller numbers? And what can of religion, or indeed parents, can do this?
Hat tip: The Midnight Sun.


WAKE UP said...

And don't think it hasn't happened here either. Remember the case on the East Coast (was it Gisborne?)years ago? Nobody ever followed that one up.

ZenTiger said...

The government should set up free clinics all over NZ to do this on behalf of parents, who are obviously going to do this anyway.

After all, that is one of the arguments for providing abortion on demnad.

ZenTiger said...

/sarcasm ends

Anonymous said...

Or prostitution:
"We know it's always going to happen, but if it's legalised we can regulate it and make sure it happens in clean and hygenic surroundings."