MILES KEMP/Adelaide Now
Oh, it’s a custom from the old country?! Why didn’t you say so!
Is FGM culturally sensitive? Â Of course it is; who are we to judge! We live in an advanced multicultural environment where all cultures are equal and must be equally respected, and after all, for these women FGM is just a rite of passage. We should encourage them to stick to their tribal cults and cultures and besides, although its “the sunnah of the prophet” it has absolutely nothing to do with Islam. (Can’t blame the religion of 1.5 gazillion peaceful, law-abiding Muslims for the acts of a few extremists, Islam is Â not a monolith, can’t tar them all with……blah blah….)
A REPORT which advocated “cultural sensitivity” when dealing with refugees who subject their daughters to genital mutilation has drawn angry criticism.
UniSA child protection expert Professor Freda Briggs has criticised the views of departmental officials in the report, saying the practice is illegal torture and the perpetrators should be charged immediately by police, without any sensitivity.
The report, carried out by other UniSA child protection experts and commissioned by theÂ Department of Families and Communities, found a number of child abuse workers identified “excessive physical discipline” and “female genital mutilation” which required “sensitive responses from Families SA when dealing with these issues”.
IS FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION “CULTURALLY SENSITIVE”? Â Might be an idea for the next WoJ poll….
More on FGM:
- Female genital mutilation “is part of the Sunna of the Prophet”
- Female Genital Mutilation, Update
- Yusuf Rubs It…
- “Female Genital Mutilation has nothing to do with Islam” Update
“While some staff see that (mutilation) as very wrong, we need to be very sensitive how we deal with that issue,” the report states.
But Professor Briggs said this attitude was unacceptable. “This is an offence against Australian law and they should throw the book at them â€“ there is no shade of grey in this,” she said.
Female genital mutilation to remove in part or entirely external genitalia is practised in African, South American, Asian and Middle Eastern countries, but is banned in Australian law.
Professor Briggs said a tolerance of the practice had even led to mainstream doctors carrying out the practice for fear that it would otherwise be done by family members.
“When it comes to children there is just no excuse and refugees must be told it is just not on, even if it means the children are sent home to have the procedure carried out,” she said.
A spokesman forÂ Families and Communities Minister Jennifer Rankine said the views were those of individuals, not necessarily the department.
Learned and widely respected scholar Dr Yusuf al-Qaradawi: Whoever finds it serving the interest of his daughters should do it, and I personally support this under the current circumstances in the modern world.