Egypt law fails to criminalise FGM performed by medics: report

Egypt laws against female genital mutiliation do not criminalise the procedure as medical malpractice, a new report has found.

Although FGM is illegal in Egypt, in recent years, there has been a significant shift towards health professionals performing the practice, the report by research organisation 28 Too Many said on Wednesday.

However, there is currently no national legislation in place in Egypt specifying that the performance of FGM by a health professional is medical malpractice.

Dr Ann-Marie Wilson, executive director of 28 Too Many said: "Several young girls have died whilst undergoing medicalised FGM in Egypt and yet the laws here still do not explicitly address medical malpractice and the performance of FGM by health professionals."

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