[WORLD NEWS] SOMALIA ANNOUNCES FIRST PROSECUTION FOR FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION

SOMALIA’S ATTORNEY GENERAL, AHMED ALI DAHIR, ON WEDNESDAY, ANNOUNCED THE COUNTRY’S FIRST EVER PROSECUTION AGAINST FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION, FOLLOWING THE DEATH OF A 10-YEAR-OLD GIRL.

THE ADVISER TO THE SOMALIAN GOVERNMENT ON GENDER ISSUES, IFRAH AHMED, SAYS THE ATTORNEY GENERAL WILL BE SENDING A TEAM OF INVESTIGATORS TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE DEATH OF THE GIRL, DEEQA, WHO SUFFERED SEVERE BLEEDING AFTER HER MOTHER TOOK HER TO A TRADITIONAL CUTTER.

SOMALIA’S CONSTITUTION PROHIBITS FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION, BUT EFFORTS TO PASS LEGISLATION TO PUNISH OFFENDERS HAVE BEEN STALLED BY LEGISLATORS AFRAID OF LOSING VOTES.