FGM becoming more popular in Malaysia

21. Februar 2015, von aus dem Netz

VICE reports how FGM is spreading in Malaysia due to to current Islamization of the the country:

„I’m circumcised because it is required by Islam,“ she says. The Malay word she uses is wajib, meaning any religious duty commanded by Allah. Syahiera is aware of how female circumcision is perceived in the West, but rejects any notion that it’s inhumane. „I don’t think the way we do it here is harmful,“ she says. „It protects young girls from premarital sex as it is supposed to lower their sex drive. But I am not sure it always works.“(…)

Regardless of how cruel FGM is, the majority of Muslim women in Malaysia are, like Syahiera, circumcised. A 2012 study conducted by Dr. Maznah Dahlui, an associate professor at the University of Malaya’s Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, found that 93 percent of Muslim women surveyed had been circumcised. Dahlui also discovered that the procedure is increasingly performed by trained medical professionals in private clinics, instead of by traditional circumcision practitioners called Ma Bidans.(…)

Malaysian medical practitioners also defend the practice by passing judgment onto other countries. „We are very much against what is going on in other countries like Sudan,“ said Dr. Ariza Mohamed, an obstetrician and gynecologist at KPJ Ampang Puteri Specialist Hospital in Kuala Lumpur. „That is very different from what we practice in Malaysia,“ she added. „And there is a big difference between circumcision and female genital mutilation.“

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