LAST month the US legal assistance website, TrustLaw, carried a report that girls living in America increasingly are at risk of female genital mutilation (FGM) both at home and abroad – and was promptly slammed by one commenter for failing to identify the chief culprits, namely Muslims.
“Mr Rice” wrote:
Your failure to NAME THE PRINCIPLE PERPETRATORS betrays your willingness to sacrifice ALL of the victims of FGM on the altar of your own oh-so-sanctimonious political correctness. And so, although you seem to make yourself a champion of the oppressed by bringing the issue to light, in taking care to shield the identity of the savages who do it, you make yourself their accomplice in atrocity.
The TrustLaw report referred to the findings of a New York City-based non-profit organisation, Sanctuary for Families, which specialises in gender-based violence. The SFF report said up to 200,000 girls and women in the United States are at risk of FGM and that the number is growing. And a UK study by the Foundation for Women’s Health, Research and Development estimated that 66,000 women living in England and Wales had been circumcised, usually prior to leaving their country of origin. More on FGM in the UK here.
The SFF report was followed by news in Spain that a Senegalese woman whose young daughter was circumcised before her arrival in the country has been given a two-year suspended sentence.
The court ordered the woman to pay her daughter 10,000 euros ($13,000) in compensation for having been mutilated in this way. The sentence was reduced from the seven years sought by the prosecution because the woman did not realise female circumcision is illegal in Spain. The 40-year-old woman will not have to serve any time if she is not convicted of anything else.
She immigrated to Barcelona with her children in 2010 after her husband, who had been working in Spain for more than a decade, got a family visa. The circumcision was discovered during a routine medical checkup.
The woman told authorities the circumcision took place while her daughter was staying with her grandmother, and she did not find out about it until it had been completed.
In the only other case involving female circumcision, a Gambian immigrant was sentenced to six years in prison for arranging the surgery in Spain.
Last year, the Supreme Court has confirmed a six-year prison sentence for the man who carried out the genital mutilation of his daughter.
The man, who had lived in Spain for 10 years, mutilated the girl when she less than one year old and was sentenced by Teruel Provincial Court. Her mother was sentenced to two years in prison after it was confirmed she was not aware that female genital mutilation is a crime in Spain. The case was discovered during a routine check-up with the paediatrician.
The father, who is said to be well-integrated in Spanish society, appealed the sentence in the Supreme Court on the grounds that it is a “3,000-year-old practice” which he said, in his country, “seeks to help the child fit in”.
The judge, Joaquin Gimenez, countered:
It is not culture, it is mutilation and discrimination of women.
Social Service in Spain attempt to contact families of girls whom they consider may be at risk of undergoing this procedure. They explain the dangers it involves, and attempt to dissuade them from returning to their country of origin for the ritual to be performed or from having it carried out by clandestine witch doctors residing in Spain.
Many of the families living in Spain apparently do not want to carry out the mutilation, but upon returning to their mainly Muslim countries of origin feel pressured into accepting it by their communities. Many believe that it is good for a woman’s health, maintaining cleanliness as there are no sexual secretions. Others believe that if a child touches its mother’s clitoris while being born, it will die.
However, it is mainly used to prevent young girls from having sexual urges in order to maintain their virginity until marriage, something which assures they will be accepted by their future husbands. Many women allow the procedure as they believe it will pleasure their partners and guarantee a successful marriage.
The origin of female genital mutilation is unknown and although it is carried out in many Muslim countries, it is said not to be related to Islam or any other known religion.
There are several types of female genital mutilation, but all involve partial or total removal of the external female genitalia.
On the same day that the that the Senegalese woman was sentenced, April 10, MEPs were called on to ratify and enforce policies regarding all forms of violence against women, including female genital mutilation (FGM), at a hearing hosted by Romania’s Social Democratic Party.
The party’s vice president, Corina Cretu, said:
There are essentially new crimes that people must be persecuted for, including forced marriage, forced abortion, female genitalia mutilation, rape and domestic violence.
Another problem posed for Western societies where there are growing numbers of Muslims is massive inbreeding, which, according to this 2010 report written from a Danish perspective, leads to:
Limited social skills and understanding, limited ability to manage education and work procedures and painful treatment procedures. The negative cognitive consequences also influence the executive functions. The impairment of concentration and emotional control most often leads to anti-social behavior.
The report’s author, Nicolai Sennels, added:
The cognitive consequences of Muslim inbreeding might explain why non-Western immigrants are more than 300 percent more likely to fail the Danish army’s intelligence test than native Danes: ’19.3% of non-Western immigrants are not able to pass the Danish army’s intelligence test. In comparison, only 4.7% of applicants with Danish background do not pass’. (TV 2 Nyhederne, 13/6 2007 ‘Immigrants flunk army test’.
It probably also explains – at least partly – why two thirds of all immigrant school children with Arabic backgrounds are illiterate after 10 years in the Danish school system: ‘Those who speak Arabic with their parents have an extreme tendency to lack reading abilities – 64 percent are illiterate. … No matter if it concerns reading abilities, mathematics or science, the pattern is the same: The bilingual (largely Muslim) immigrants’ skills are exceedingly poor compared to their Danish classmates’. (Rockwool Foundation Research Unit, May 2007) .
Hat Tip; Great Satan (inbreeding report)