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Uganda is more aggressive on this issue than is Australia

Uganda is more aggressive on this issue than is Australia

BRIEFLY PROTECTED GENERATION

Queensland’s child safety department identified two girls who suffered genital mutilation. They took the children away – and then returned them to their parents, who had arranged the operations.

This is revolting:

The Weekend Australian can reveal the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability only “temporarily” removed the girls — both preteens in April 2015 — from their parents for medical testing, after they were flown to Africa, allegedly to undergo the procedure.

Despite a Queensland paediatric specialist examining the girls and finding it was likely they had part of their clitorises removed, the department quickly returned them to the parents.

An investigation by Queensland detectives into the allegations led to police charging the girls’ parents — a man in his 50s and a woman in her 40s, at the time — in December 2015, with two counts of removing a child from the state for female genital mutilation.

The couple are the first people charged with the criminal offence in Queensland and are awaiting trial in the District Court.

For a crime so widespread that Australian hospitals have special units dedicated to the treatment of genital mutilation, prosecutions are remarkably infrequent. By the way, those parents deserve to be jailed for life.