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.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/afp/article-3998866/Egypt-brings-tougher-penalties-against-female-genital-mutilation.html

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