'This is new territory'
Genital mutilation victims break their silence: 'This is demonic'
What is female genital mutilation?
'A very minor nick'
'They didn't commit the crime'
'It's blind faith'
- Sociological and cultural reasons, where the procedure is seen as part of a girl’s initiation into womanhood and a key part of a community’s culture. FGM is often considered a necessary part of raising a girl and a way to prepare her for adulthood and marriage.
- Sexual control, with the goal being to curb a woman’s sexuality to avoid premarital sex or having affairs once she’s married.
- Social norm. The pressure to conform and not be rejected by a community is a big motivator for genital mutilation.
- Hygiene.In some communities, the female genitalia are considered dirty and ugly and are removed for hygiene or aesthetic reasons.
- Religion. Although genital cutting is not endorsed by any religion, some believe the practice has religious support and is a religious requirement, as do the Dawoodi Bohra.