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FGM Parties In The UK: Manchester Female Genital Mutilation On The Rise In England

Girls across England have reportedly been taking part in genital mutilation parties. In particular, African midwives are being flown to England to perform the illegal practice, referred to as FGM, on young girls, a charity group in Leeds called Black Health Initiative told BBC News in a Tuesday report.

“We know of parties happening here in England, and in West Yorkshire we recently had to break one up, and we’ve stopped another from taking place,” said Heather Nelson, Chief Executive of the Black Health Initiative. “What we’re finding now is that where once girls were taken abroad to be cut, specialist midwives are now flown over and several girls are cut at the same time, which then leads to a celebration.”

CPS and NPCC launch new honour-based violence/abuse and forced marriage protocol

Protocol is key component of CPS’s Action Plan

The Crown Prosecution Service and police have published the first ever joint honour-based violence/abuse and forced marriage protocol, outlining their commitment to the successful investigation and prosecution of these crimes. The protocol recognises the importance of strong partnership working between these two agencies.

The protocol highlights the unique complexities of these cases and the barriers victims face in coming forward to report.  For example, the potential that these crimes may be committed not only by family members but also by those who are part of the wider community.  Rather than families and communities protecting the victim, they will often protect the perpetrator.  The protocol emphasises the importance for multiagency working and engagement with specialist third sector organisations.

UK MPs back probe over Sikh woman’s alleged honour killing

UK MPs have backed a family’s campaign for a new investigation into the alleged honour killing of a British Sikh woman while she was on holiday in India.
Seeta Kaur, who has been named for the first time this week after her case emerged earlier this month, was a mother of four who died in “highly suspicious circumstances” in March 2015 after refusing to allow one of her sons to be adopted by her childless brother-in-law, during a trip to Haryana.
Her UK-based family, including twin sister Geeta, claim the 33-year-old was the victim of “a classic case of honour killing” with MPs Naz Shah and Kate Osamor now backing them at an event in the British Parliament complex to launch the ‘Justice for Seeta’ campaign this week.

Egypt brings in tougher penalties against female genital mutilation

An amended law that toughens penalties for female genital mutilation to up to 15 years in jail has come into effect, the health ministry announced Sunday.

Health ministry officials will monitor and oversee clinics and private hospitals to enforce the anti-FGM law that came into effect last Tuesday, the ministry said in a statement.

Under the new law, those convicted of carrying out female circumcision can now be jailed for between five and seven years, from three months and two years under the former law.