SHOCKING: Female genital mutilation on the rise in Islington
NEARLY 2000 young women in Islington are thought to be at risk of female genital mutilation (FGM), a new report has found.
According to the Islington Gazette “1,300” are classified as high risk of “suffering an archaic and violent disfigurement practice”.
There have been a reported 727 referrals associated with FGM, which is common in some parts of Africa and the Middle East, at Whittington Hospital in north London, between 2004 and 2009. Numbers of incidents have also increased yearly.
Islington Council are said to have linked came the risk figures to the borough’s population from these countries.
Cllr Paul Convery, Islington Council’s executive member for community safety, told Islington Gazette: “This is really going on in Islington. We don’t know exactly how much because a fog of mystery surrounds it, but it is happening.
“FGM is a crime. We have no hesitation in saying that. It is a child abuse crime and a horrible act of violence against young women.
“People get nervous even talking about it – it makes them shudder and it makes me shudder. It’s a sensitive issue because some people believe it’s a cultural practice steeped in tradition.
“Well, we are very clear; that cuts no ice. We respect cultures, faiths and traditions that come to Islington but we have standards and laws. This stuff happened in medieval Britain, but it does not happen in modern Britain.
‘‘It’s an abhorrent practice that has no justification at all.”