Nigeria urged to fix legal mess around female genital mutilation

Nigeria is failing to enforce a much heralded ban on female genital mutilation, activists said on Friday, as they urged the country to sort out a “messy patchwork” of laws and beef up efforts to protect girls.

A quarter of women in the West African country have undergone the agonizing ritual, which can cause serious health problems.

Most girls who have the procedure are cut before the age of five, according to a report on Nigeria’s FGM laws by campaign group 28 Too Many.

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