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14 Year Old Egyptian Girl Dies From FGM

Nehad Abouel Komsan (center), of the Egyptian Center for Women's Rights, speaking at a 2012 panel

Nehad Abouel Komsan (center), of the Egyptian Center for Women's Rights, speaking at a 2012 panel
Photo Credit: Egyptian Center for Women's Rights

More than 90 percent of Egyptian women have undergone Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), also referred to, misleadingly, as female circumcision. A 14 year old Egyptian girl just died from it.

The numbers had begun to recede from an all time high of 97 percent of Egyptian women genitally mutilated. But all that changed when the Islamists came to power after the ouster of former Egyptian president Hosnai Mubarak.

Although FGM is not required under Shariah, the reduction in oppression of women was viewed as a vestige of the Mubarak era, and the Islamists reversed any forward movement on that front.

According to an article in AlAkhbar, the unnamed 14 year old girl died after being genitally mutilated by a doctor to whom her father had taken her for the procedure. Both the father and the doctor are facing criminal charges.

The practice of FGM was officially banned in Egypt in 2008, but it is widespread and continues to be practiced, especially in rural areas, according to Nehad Abul Komsan, the head of the Egyptian Center for Women’s Health.

The reason women are forced to undergo female genital mutilation is that it is believed by its proponents to “purify” women from sexual temptation. That would be because the women are so badly and brutally injured, that going to the bathroom or even sitting down can be painful for the duration of one’s life. And the lifelong discomfort which is often a side effect of FGM certainly would dissuade those who have had it to avoid anything that might cause further pain.

According to a World Health Organization 2014 update, there are no health benefits to FGM, only harm to the rights and health of girls and women upon whom it is performed.

Although, according to the WHO, no religions require FGM, there are cultures in which the practice is believed to be required by the religion.

FGM is practiced most widely in more than two dozen countries throughout Africa. Countries in which it is currently estimated that more than 80 percent of all women have undergone FGM include Egypt (91.1), Somalia (97.9), Sudan (90), Sierra Leone (94), Guinea (95.6), Djibouti (93.1), Eritrea (88.7) and Mali (85.2).

Although all of the collected evidence suggests that FGM is most prevalent in Africa, and is nearly non-existent in the Middle East, in a 2007 article published in the Middle East Quarterly disputes that.  The authors in that article emphatically state it is inaccurate to suggest that FGM is not widespread, despite the absence of reported evidence, in the Middle East. The absence of evidence has more to do with women and girls being forbidden to report the practice, especially to foreigners. This same article argues that FGM is considered by certain established authorities on Islam to be strongly encouraged by the Muslim faith.

About the Author: Lori Lowenthal Marcus is the US correspondent for The Jewish Press. She is a recovered lawyer who previously practiced First Amendment law and taught in Philadelphia-area graduate and law schools.


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25 Responses to “14 Year Old Egyptian Girl Dies From FGM”

  1. Pray for the girls of Egypt.

  2. Pray for the girls of Egypt.

  3. Let them do this to the Egyptian men…then maybe they’ll stop.

  4. This is just not in the Muslim community but some Christian communities!

  5. Sickening. Why not do this to the men??

  6. Sickening. Why not do this to the men??

  7. Sickening. Why not do this to the men??

  8. These people are monsters.

  9. These people are monsters.

  10. How Sick for a father to do this to his Daughter , they should do it to the father and person who did this to this 14 year old Girl…Shame on Them !!

  11. The same people who criticize this tend to be the same people who curse Jews for b’rit mila, and call it mutilation, and historically have damned Torah even by their doctrine in their “testament.” That filthy low-life son of a b1tch Paul of Tarsus calls it mutilation and hopes ‘the knife slips” (Gal 5:12 Greek). I don’t approve of female “circ” but they aren’t asking my biased opinion. If Muslims do not approve of “FGM” that is a matter for them, not foreign chauvinists. Check and see the connection between the same scum who would attack halal AND kashrut, headgear (“rags”) and kippot. Etc., etc. Let’s not get in line with the enemies of Judaism and Islam on this.

  12. they are not human, it is a sick society.

  13. Maria Levine says:

    This is just unacceptable in today's world. This is one act that must to be stopped and immediately.

  14. Pelly Hardin says:

    How can the world stand by and let this crap keep going on

  15. JoAnn Morris says:

    But the penis is still there….your point is???

  16. This is truly an awfyk procedure on girls, and should be outlawed!!

  17. Marta Elisha Martaortega says:

    is amazing that in the XXI century, continue mutilating women in some countries

  18. James Capers says:

    Who hates females so much? Actually, who has such self-hatred?

  19. Horrible! Child abuse and vioence against women in the worst way! The ignorant keep on harming themselves and their future (which are their chldren).

  20. @Shemaya- Men circumcision has nothing to do with this. This is real mutilation and even murder!

  21. Why are girls and women, who are not usually the ones driven by sex, forced to do this? Men are the ones who need discouragement from their sexual impulses, not women. I'm not saying such a practice would be acceptable in any case, but it does show a backward understanding on the part of their culture. The "Scarlet Letter" looks like a fairy-tale compared to what women endure in some cultures.

  22. And then we have the story of the father of the five year old female child who raped, tortured and beat her, fracturing her skull, breaking ribs, dislocating a shoulder, breaking an arm… it took the child ten months to die, in Saudi Arabia. He did this because he was certain she was no longer a virgin. Under Sharia law, he was allowed to pay the mother "blood money" amounting to little more than $200,000 and walk free.

    That is the law in Saudi. Male parents and grandparents are not punished for murders to female children or female members of their houses.

  23. What about the low-life who boycott Israel for all kind of lies they invent about Israelis, why not boycott the countries which allow such cruelty? Oh, I forgot, they are not Jews so they can get away with murder. I am sick and tired of the injustice against the Jewish people. THe cowardly anti-Semites are scarred to criticize the Muslims.
    Holocaust survivor

  24. SICK SICK SICK……Just like the millions of Asian little girls 5 to 10 years old held in cages to raped many times a day for money. AND when they get sick or pregnant, they are let out onto the streets to make it on their own. Animals treat their own better than that. Only humanity can sink lower that animals. GOD help us all!!! And HE will!!!

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