“He is a barbarian and thinks that the customs of his tribe and island are the laws of nature.” - George Bernard Shaw. Humans often take absolute responsibility for things done in the name of religion and most importantly customs! Upon a closer view, one can identify different shades of the archaic customs deep-rooted in our society and in mind of the people. Any tradition or custom, once found to be in contravention to human rights, are no longer associated with a country, but transform into a global concern. One such issue kept camouflaged in the name of tradition or custom is the of Female Genital Mutilation (hereinafter referred to as FGM), which has been a prevalent circumciser practice in Africa, Middle East, and Asia. The procedure comprises partial or total removal of the external female genitalia or causing other injuries to the genital organs for non-medical reasons. This practice is not territorial in nature, extends beyond borders, some immigrants in the United States and Western Europe still practice it, by sending their daughters back to their homeland to undergo this procedure. FGM, in India it has been modeled in Bohra Muslim community from centuries of patriarchy.
The author is a Postgraduate with a specialization in Criminal law. Most of her research work is modeled around the intersection of Human rights and Criminal law, with a special reference to women and children. Currently, she is working on her research titled "DNA technology, an undervalued weapon in criminal investigation of Rape offenses".
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LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing
gender equality, Human Rights, gender discrimination, gender equity, Female Genital Cutting, female genital mutilation, Gender norms
LAW / Criminal Law