Egyptian court sent doctor to jail for female genital mutilation that lead to the death of a 13 year old girl.
An Egyptian court of appeals, on Monday, sentenced a doctor to prison, under the charges of manslaughter and for performing genital mutilation that caused the death of a young girl.
Innitially, doctor Raslan Fadl, has been acquitted for the death of the 13 year old, Sohair el-Batea, in 2013. Monday, the Egyptian doctor was not present in court.
Dr Raslan Fadl has been sentenced to two years and 3 months in prison, under the accusation of manslaughter, for endangering a child’s life and for performing the female genital mutilation procedure.
In the forensic report, the death of the girl, from June 2013, had been noted as an allergic reaction to penicillin but there was nothing about the female genital mutilation, procedure, even though her father has told police from the beginning that he had taken the girl to the clinic for that reason in particular.
Groups sustaining human rights, claimed that doctor Fadl had bribed the young girl’s family with 50,000 Egyptian pounds, which stand for $8,500, and the amount convinced the family not to proceed with the accusations. After, Sohair’s father gave a different statement in order to match with the doctor’s declaration, which stated that the family had brought the girl to the clinic for genital warts.
The attorney who represented the deceased girl, Reda el-Danbouki, stated that the verdict was a victory for all women and she was happy that the judge understood the gravity of the situation. This has been the first case going to trial regarding the widespread procedure. Egypt is among the countries with the biggest rates of female genital mutilation and in 2008 it was declared illegal. The case arrived in court after serious pressure from human rights groups.
Doctor Fadl was also fined $70 and was ordered for his clinic to be shut down for a year. Sohair’s father has also been sentenced to three months in prison, for complicity and for putting his daughter go trough the procedure.
Genital female mutilation, implies the surgical removal of the clitoris, and at times it can get even more extreme, in order to control the sexual desire of women. This means, cutting the labia or removing all the external genital parts and sewing the vulva together. The operation, most often, is done without any anaesthetic and the person can suffer life long consequences, among which are, severe infections, acute pain during urination or menstruation and deep psychological traumatism.
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