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Published On: Tue, Dec 23rd, 2014

Ogun reads Riot Act on female genital mutilation

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From James Ogunnaike, Abeokuta

The Ogun State government has read a riot act to those who engage in the traditional practice of performing Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and other forms of domestic abuse on women folk in the State, saying perpetrators of the illegality would henceforth face with a year jail term, without an option of fine, if found guilty.

The Ogun State Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Elizabeth Sonubi said this while speaking with journalists as part of activities commemorating the year 2014-16 Days Activism Campaign on the Elimination of Gender Based Violence, particularly against the girl-child and the entire womenfolk.

She described female genital mutilation, which is also known as ‘female circumcision’, as a common harmful tradition practiced on the girl-child and the womenfolk whereby the female genitals are partly or entirely removed with the belief of affecting a woman’s sexual urge, which is medically untrue.

The Women Affairs Commissioner that the female Genital Mutilation Law or Female Circumcision prohibition Law which was enacted in 2006, was already in force across Ogun State and it prohibits any person from cutting or mutilating the female private part, organ or clitoris in any manner.

She revealed that the tradition which is commonly practiced in some communities in Ipokia, Yewa North and South local government areas of the State needed to be curtailed immediately before it becomes an albatross that would continually affect the psyche and development of the womenfolk.

Mrs. Sonubi noted that Senator Ibikunle Amosun-led government frowns at the illegality and has promised not to condone anyone found wanting in this regard, revealing that perpetrators of the act would be arrested and prosecuted as from the second week of January 2015.

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