First sentence under new law over genital mutilation

The girls were six and a half and seven when the procedure was carried out between 2013-2015 in Somalia and Ethiopia.

The mother, who now lives in Neuchâtel in the French-speaking part of Switzerland, did not deny the charges. She was reported to the authorities by her estranged husband, who is also from Somalia.

The judgement was based on a relatively new article in Swiss law which aims to prevent Swiss-based families from having their daughters circumcised, whether in Switzerland or abroad.

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