FGM Islam leaflet

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FGM is Non-Islamic, against the teachings of Islam and brings Islam into disrepute, is putting the health of our daughters, sisters, mothers and wives at great risk, is illegal in the UK and carries a prison sentence of up to 14 years.

Female Genital Mutilation or FGM is a cultural practice that involves cutting, removing or altering the female external genitalia for non-medical reasons. FGM is also sometimes known as female circumcision. Other local terms are:

Tahoor | Khitan | Gudnii | Absum

Ibi | Bondo | Halalays | Sunna | Kutairi

It is estimated that over 24,000 girls under the age of 15 living in the UK are at risk of undergoing the most severe form of FGM at any one time. FGM results in serious and sometimes life threatening health complications. These include:

● pain

● bleeding

● infections

● difficulties with childbirth