Australian court sentences three to 15 months' jail for female genital mutilation

An Australian court on Friday sentenced three people to a maximum 15 months in prison in the country's first criminal prosecution for female genital mutilation.

hidden March 18, 2016 14:06:38 IST
Australian court sentences three to 15 months' jail for female genital mutilation

Canberra: An Australian court on Friday sentenced three people to a maximum 15 months in prison in the country's first criminal prosecution for female genital mutilation.

Former midwife Kubra Magennis, 72, and the mother of the victims, whose name was not revealed, were convicted in November of mutilating two sisters in separate procedures during religious ceremonies at homes in Wollongong and Sydney's north-west between 2009 and 2012, ABC reported.

The girls were about seven at the time.

Australian court sentences three to 15 months jail for female genital mutilation

Representational image. IBNLive

A third offender, senior community leader Shabbir Mohammedbhai Vaziri, was found guilty of acting as an accessory after the fact by directing community members to lie to police about the practice.

He was also sentenced to 15 months' imprisonment.

The procedure, known as "khatna", involves nicking or cutting a girl's clitoris in the presence of several female elders and is considered a rite of passage by some members of the Dawoodi Bohra Muslim community.

Supreme Court Judge Justice Peter Johnson said these kinds of cases were "difficult to prosecute" because of their "unusual and novel circumstances".

He said the mother of the two girls requested that the former nurse and midwife carry out the procedure.

All three offenders will be assessed for their suitability for home detention.

IANS

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