… this happened on the other side of the world:
Suhair al-Bata’a, a 13-year-old Egyptian girl, has died undergoing circumcision at a village in the Daqahliya governorate northeast of Cairo, Egyptian media reported on Sunday.
A health inspector report said the cause of the death was due to “a sharp drop in blood pressure resulting from shock trauma,” the family’s lawyer, Abdel Salam, told al-Masry al-Youm.
Female “circumcision”, a procedure far more invasive, destructive, prone to deadly medical complication than the male variety broadly accepted here in the West, can involve removal of the clitoris (Type 1) to everything including the inner / outer labia, with nothing but a small hole for urination and menstruation (Type 3). It’s been illegal since 1996 but it took 13 years for the first case to be brought to court … so there’s quite a long way to go.
To be fair, this isn’t exactly the fault of Islam; FGM predates it, Christianity, and possibly even Judaism by thousands of years. Unfortunately, since Islam was adopted in places where this practice was prevalent, the two have been effectively “syncretized” such that where one goes, the other will too. Hardly surprising, given the degree to which religions like Islam promote the subjugation of women and punishment for their sexuality, independence, and self determination.
The long term answer to this is access to education and the establishment of secular law with the authority and power to reach these remote areas where the older cultural norms still hold their influence. To have one part of the world reaching the stars and peering back in time to the earliest days of the universe while another part is still cutting up young girls to control their sexuality simply shouldn’t happen in the 21st century, and we have the ability to put an end to it.