Female genital mutilation cases recorded every 96 seconds are ‘tip of the iceberg’

A children’s charity chief executive says the full scale of female genital mutilation in England is only now becoming clear after new figures revealed that a case was reported every 96 minutes last year.

The 5,484 instances of mutilation reported from October 2014 to September 2015 are described as just the “tip of the iceberg”, with many “unseen, unheard cases” never showing up on official statistics.

A Yorkshire police force says it has seen a significant increase in the number of female genital mutilation (FGM) cases recorded since it became mandatory for health, education and social care workers to report incidents in October.

The number of recorded cases of FGM is said to be the

The number of recorded cases of FGM is said to be the “tip of the iceberg”. Pictured posed by model.

Between 31 October 2015 and 31 January 2016, six reports have been recorded by West Yorkshire Police relating to ten children who had undergone FGM, compared with just one report before October.

Read more: http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/crime/female-genital-mutilation-cases-recorded-every-96-seconds-are-tip-of-the-iceberg-1-7716938#ixzz3zIkhLin5

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