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Norway Couple Accused Over Genital Mutilation of Their Daughters

by VR Sreeraman on  June 7, 2008 at 11:35 AM Women Health News   - G J E 4
Norwegian police accused a Gambian couple on Friday of subjecting five daughters to genital mutilation in the country's first-ever case against the illegal act of female circumcision.
 Norway Couple Accused Over Genital Mutilation of Their Daughters
Norway Couple Accused Over Genital Mutilation of Their Daughters
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"The father and mother are accused under laws against genital mutilation because they are suspected of contributing to the circumcision of five of their six daughters," Hanne Kristin Rohde, a police official told NRK radio.

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Only two of the six children who are aged between three and 14 live in Norway, although the others -- who live in West Africa's Gambia, with the man's two other wives -- have Norwegian passports. These include a three-year old who has not yet been circumcised.

Rohde made it clear that Norway's public child protection agency would be entrusted with caring for all the children.

Their father, a 41 year-old whose identity has not been disclosed, is expected to appear before a judge with authorities seeking his detention. Their mother, due to give birth to a seventh child, is said to be too weak to spend time behind bars.

Rohde said Norwegian laws against female genital mutilation carry a prison term of several years depending on the severity of the case.

Source: AFP
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