Indian Government Seeks Apex Court Directions to Ban Female Genital Mutilation

The Government of India has asked the country’s apex court to step in and ban the practice of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) by issuing relevant directives. The government has argued that the practice is a crime under prevailing laws and should be declared punishable by up to seven years in prison.

Civil rights activists demanding a ban on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), practiced by some communities in India, have expressed happiness over the government taking a strong stand against the "inhuman practice," while also raising concerns on the implementation aspect.

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