Blunt and rusted tools used for genital mutilation ( PA )
Blunt and rusted tools used for genital mutilation ( PA )

A Nigerian medical doctor has called on the government to intensify the fight against female genital mutilation in the country.

Peters Irobo, the Chief Medical Director (CMD) of Triumphant Hospital, who made the call on Wednesday in the southern city of Benin on this year’s celebration of the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, stressed that the mutilation was an outright violation of the human rights of girls and women.

Irobo underscored the need to deal with the discrimination against women in the country.

According to him, female genital mutilation is an ancient practice, which involves cutting the clitoris of a girl under the erroneous assumption that the girl would not be promiscuous or wild when she grows up.

The medical expert told reporters that female genital mutilation leads to bleeding, infections and, sometimes, death because in most cases, it is done with unsterile tools.

The gynaecologist said the practice was usually carried out on a baby girl shortly after birth, adding that it was also done when the girl had reached puberty or when a woman was pregnant with her first child.

Irobo told his audience that female genital mutilation had its roots in some African and Asian countries, adding that it was part of the cultural rites of those civilizations.

The International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation is celebrated annually on Feb. 6 so as to raise global awareness on the dangers of the practice and the need to stop it. Enditem

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