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Sunday, 10 July 2016

Health ministry to announce tougher sanctions for FGM

Health minister Ahmed Emad El-Din Rady will announce today plans to impose more severe sanctions against doctors and for nurses who engage in FGM, Al Masry Al Youm reported. Suggested measures reportedly include indefinite withdrawal of the license to practice the profession, withdrawing it for 1-3 years and significant fines, ministry sources told the newspaper. Perhaps the statement will mark an encouraging break from past “attempts” at enforcement. As NPR’s Leila Fadel discovered last December, the first Egyptian doctor ever to be convicted and sentenced for performing FGM, which had resulted in the death of 13-year old Soheir al Batea, was later found by Fadel to be not only outside of prison, but working in a government hospital.

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