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Female circumcision

One of Indonesia’s largest Islamic organizations is causing a controversy by objecting to a UN plan to ban female circumcision, ABC News reported.

The Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) says female circumcision is part of Islamic teachings and that it is their constitutional right.

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MUI chairman Ma’ruf Amin has called on hospital and clinics to provide the service to people who would want their daughters circumcised.

“What we reject is the ban. If there is a request … don’t turn [the parents] away,” Ma’ruf was quoted as saying.

Ma’ruf’s comments were made in response to the approval last month of a non-binding resolution calling on UN members to enforce laws against female genital mutilation (as well as pass such laws, if they’re not already on the books).

The practice of female circumcision was officially banned by the Indonesian Ministry of Health back in 2006, because it is “potentially harmful.”

In 2010, however, the Indonesian Government issued a ministerial regulation outlining how the practice should be carried out by medical doctors. That initiative confused many.

Justina Rostiawati, from the National Commission on Violence Against Women, said that the regulation was an acknowledgement that the earlier ban on female circumcision was not working.

“When the hospital or the health services in that area refused to carry out the circumcision, the mother would take the female baby to the midwife, or just to a traditional healer, or birth attendant – where it’s even more dangerous,” Rostiawati said.

Professor Terry Hull of the Australian Demographic and Social Research Institute at the Australian National University said female circumcision is increasing in Indonesia and the practice is becoming more brutal.

“Over the past two decades, there’s been an increasing ‘medicalization’ of the practice, where medical personnel are taking part in what they interpret as Islamic rituals, and they are drawing blood and sometimes cutting away skin from the clitoris and sometimes from the labia.”

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48 COMMENTS

  1. Abdurrahman Wahid, who before his untimely death was the leader of Nadhlatul Ulama, the largest Islamic organization in Indonesia (and, for that matter, the world), opposed female genital mutilation. Of particular note is that he was also a democratically elected President of Indonesia, the world's largest Muslim country.

  2. Great. glad to know they didn't bend over to Feminists backed up UN.
    it's actually a good thing to let them to practice their cultural and religious practices. beside some of people whine it should be banned yet they openly advocate for male circumcision. how ironic. people have a right to practice their tradition and violate their right is against the human ethics. that's because you found something wrong doesn't make it wrong.

    we obviously know the prevalence of male circumcision. and how people and medical fields defend that practice by the name of helath benefits. well so if Male circumcision is allowed because it has a lot of health benefits and benefits outweigh the risks why female circumcision isn't allowed because of the same theory? ah I forgot people whine female circumcision doesn't have any benefit. that's what you believe right? then
    let's see the advantages and the myths about Female Circumcision.

    Myths.
    Female Circumcision turns the woman into an eunuch thus deprives her sexual sensation.
    Reality.
    It doesn't and Circumcised women can still achieve the Orgasm.
    Proof
    Group of 137 women, affected by different types of female circumcision.
    – 86% have orgasms.
    – 69.23% always have orgasms.
    – 91.23% of the younger women have orgasms.
    – 14 out of 15 infibulated report orgasms.
    – Infibulated women showed the same desire, arousal, & satisfaction.
    – No differences observed between circumcised and not regarding pain.
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17970975

    Myths
    Female Circumcision is a barbaric practice and many women die , bleed to die, suffer from various kind of pain later in her life.
    Reality.
    It doesn't if it's practiced under a trained surgeon like the Male Circumcision is practiced.beside if African men are given medical equipments to practice their circumcision rituals why African women can't be given in the same way. African women die because of circumcision because no one gives them medical equipment to practice their rituals. so they are forced to use home made tools to cut themselves.

    Myths
    Female Circumcision doesn't have any health benefit.
    Reality.
    It reduces the risk of contracting HIV by 50%.
    Proof
    4.Stallings RY, Karugendo E (2005) Female circumcision and HIV infection in Tanzania: For better or for worse? [poster] 3rd International AIDS Society Conference; 2005 24 July–27 July; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. International AIDS Society. Available: http://www.hiv-knowledge.org/iasmaps/i10.htm. Accessed 13 December 2005.

    The passage says like this.
    "Stallings et al. (2005) reported that, in Tanzanian women,
    the risk of HIV among women who had undergone FGC.
    was roughly half that of women who had not; the association.
    remained significant after adjusting for region, household.
    wealth, age, lifetime partners, union status, and recent ulcer."

    So Female Circumcision indeed has health benefits and it doesn't deprive the female's sexual sensation. women who have undergone Female Circumcision can still achieve orgasm.

    So let them to practice it as long as it's done under the guidance of a trained surgeon. if female circumcision is proposed to ban. then male circumcision needs to be banned too. because both are identically same. so don't be so sexism.

    I am a Feminist , woman and also a MRA. equality for everyone.

  3. My only issue is that the ban on circumcision doesn’t include boys as well. I know both are important to some for religious reasons, but why can’t we just allow the person to decide for themselves at the age of consent? Why would that be such a horrible thing?

    God gave us free will, we should at least let children also have free will to make their own decisions about such things as adults.

  4. My only issue is that the ban on circumcision doesn't include boys as well. I know both are important to some for religious reasons, but why can't we just allow the person to decide for themselves at the age of consent? Why would that be such a horrible thing?

    God gave us free will, we should at least let children also have free will to make their own decisions about such things as adults.

  5. sarcasmon on* MGM or FGM (TYP 1A) as long it is from Religion or Health/ Hygiene (antismegma) and to both girl and boy it’s ok. Equality in mutilation for all! Indonesia is great. *sarcasm of — Knowledge over embryonic development to fetus is basic knowledge and explains the comparability between the prepuce and clitoris hood.

  6. sarcasmon on* MGM or FGM (TYP 1A) as long it is from Religion or Health/ Hygiene (antismegma) and to both girl and boy it's ok. Equality in mutilation for all! Indonesia is great. *sarcasm of — Knowledge over embryonic development to fetus is basic knowledge and explains the comparability between the prepuce and clitoris hood.

  7. Female “circumcision” is a glaring example of when people of good will must do all they can to oppose a religious practice.

    Freedom of religion should never extend to allowing great harm.

    There is no credible benefit to the person involved.

  8. While I agree that genital mutilation should be phased out in places where it occurs, enforcing a legal ban would only push it underground, making it impossible to implement any safety regulations or ensure proper post-operative care. Also, I find the common Jewish stance on the issue to be a little ironic: Jews have pleaded for a religious exemption from recent proposed bills to ban male child circumcision; yet Jews are outraged that some Muslims are pleading for a religious exemption from a bill to ban female child circumcision, something equally essential to their religion. Interesting to find this article in the Jewish Press. Also interesting to read other comments and see where people’s cultural sensitivities are.

  9. And what about the stone age thinking of the Jewish nutters who continue to promote Male Genital Mutilation in the form of Brit Milah, which is performed on non-consenting infants? This includes the Jewish nutters who circumcised my penis without my consent when I was an infant. I do not want to be circumcised; I want my foreskin back. And yet, I am stuck with a religious genital mutilation which I did not consent to because a Jewish religious cleric was allowed to inflict it upon me before I was old enough to speak or strong enough to fight back.

    When I was circumcised by a Jewish religious cleric as an infant, my basic human rights to bodily integrity, security of the person, and human dignity were irreparably violated by the Jewish community. My constitutional rights as a U.S. citizen to freedom of religion and freedom from religion were also irreparably violated.

    Furthermore, what about the stone age thinking of the Jewish nutters who are fighting against the rightful attempts to ban male genital mutilation of people below the age of consent in Western Europe?

    People in glass houses should really be smart enough not to throw stones!

    All genital mutilation of infants and children of all genders must be stopped!

    “Cosmetic”, “cultural”, and religious circumcisions should only be allowed to be performed on adults of sound mind who have been informed of the risks and permanent ramifications of having some of the most sensitive erogenous tissue removed from their bodies, and who have, after contemplation of these risks and ramifications, given informed consent despite knowledge of the permanent and irreversible damage that circumcision will do to their genitalia and to their sexuality.

  10. Hadar Israel, You clearly are in denial.

    FGM and MGM are essentially the same thing. Sexual modification of children by adults that insist it must be done. It is assault.

    It affects the sexual life, it is traumatic, unnecessary and a violation of one's basic right to liberty and safety.

    Some people think God demands this.

    If they can get you to harm your children, they can get you to do anything. Think about it.

    I grew up Jewish. Infant circumcision is bad, and wrong. Cut your adults, I'll be fine with that.

  11. That’s a nice double standard you have there, Jewish Press. Those mean Muslims don’t protect girls. Meanwhile your own children are expendable because someone told you that YOUR god commanded it.

  12. FUCK RELIGION.

    That's right. FUCK RELIGION. FUCK A RELIGION that enforces this pointless bullshit unto innocent children in the name of some god who most likely doesn't exist and WOULD NEVER ORDER THIS SICK BARBARIC BULLSHIT IN THE FIRST PLACE – because he/she gave it to us for a reason. It's there for a reason.

    FUCK RELIGION. FUCK CIRCUMCISION. FUCK IT ALL.

  13. The thought of a religion "demanding" this be performed on a baby/child is simply revolting. This is the reason why I am so anti-religion. God didn't command this sick bullshit, perverted and disgusting humans did ("in the name of the lord") to further their own agendas, whatever they may have been.

  14. Interesting that a JEWISH page has issue with this. Jewish people circumcise their boys all the time for religious reasons at the bequest of the PARENTS. Most of the time those circumcisions are performed NOT by a medical professional, but by a mohel. NOT in a sterile operating room, but in a mosque, or hall. Hypocritical much?

    Neither culture or religion is taking into account the rights OF THE CHILD.

  15. Type 1 FGM(the most common type) is the removal of the clitoral hood. While in is less invasive than male circumcision, it is comparative. It is WRONG to remove healthy parts of a child’s genitalia. For those whom say that it is part of their religious freedom to have their child circumcised, that is a bunch of BS. No one should have the right to permanently mark their religion into another person’s most private parts. At an age of consent a person should have the right to decide if they want to alter their genitalia for the religion they follow. Until ALL children are treated equally(ban all circumcision not involving TRUE medical need), banning female circumcision will not matter for most.

  16. That's a nice double standard you have there, Jewish Press. Those mean Muslims don't protect girls. Meanwhile your own children are expendable because someone told you that YOUR god commanded it.

  17. If they are held down by trusted people (parents), it teaches those kids (boys or girls) that it somehow is okay to harm someone else. It keeps the violence going in such a culture.

  18. Interesting that a JEWISH page has issue with this. Jewish people circumcise their boys all the time for religious reasons at the bequest of the PARENTS. Most of the time those circumcisions are performed NOT by a medical professional, but by a mohel. NOT in a sterile operating room, but in a mosque, or hall. Hypocritical much?

    Neither culture or religion is taking into account the rights OF THE CHILD.

  19. If it’s legal to cut one gender, it is also legal to cut the other. End of story. Ban female circ and male circ… end of controversy. How is this truly that hard to process?

  20. Allah said, " I made man perfect, his body is not to be modified in life or death." The devil spoke & said, "I will have man pierce livestock & modify his body against allah's will." So, which part of the Quran says that allah stated oh, & when I mean perfect, I keant for him to endure a painful circumcision. Again, if u cant tattoo ur body due to being haram. Tyen what makes it ok to modify the penis?

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