Female Genital Mutilation is any procedure that involves partial or total removal of the external female genitalia or other injuries to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons. It's illegal in the UK.

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The effects of Female Genital Mutilation

There aren't any health benefits and the procedure can cause severe bleeding and problems urinating. There could also be potential childbirth complications and newborn deaths.

As many as 6,500 girls are at risk of Female Genital Mutilation within the UK every year.

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Female Genital Mutilation Protection Orders

The order protects females against Female Genital Mutilation. It's a document issued by the courts to stop perpetrators.

Examples of the types of orders the court might make are:

  • to protect a victim from Female Genital Mutilation by being taken abroad
  • to order the surrender of passports or any other travel documents
  • to stop specific people from entering into any arrangements in the UK or abroad for Female Genital Mutilation to be performed

Breach of an order is a criminal offence and could lead to up to 5 years in prison.

Any person found guilty of an offence under the Female Genital Mutilation Act 2003 will be liable to a maximum penalty of a fine or imprisonment of up to 14 years.