Human rights activists outraged by practice of female circumcision in Dagestan


The human rights organization “Legal Initiative” published a report on female circumcision in Dagestan (Russia).

The authors conducted a study in rural highland and lowland areas of the republic. According to their findings, female circumcision procedure is preserved in these places, it is carried out to girls under the age of 3 years in order to suppress the sensitivity and, therefore, prevent “immoral behavior.”

Typically, the procedure is conducted in makeshift conditions. The report’s authors note that his practice is widespread the most among the Avars, and other minorities. It is justified by ethnic traditions, and religious dogmas of Islam.

Women, interviewed by investigators, told about their experiences with the “surgery”, performed in childhood, and how it affected their adult life.

“It was insanely painful, do not want to recall. As a result, I was unable to give birth, I had infections, and my husband divorced me,” quoted the words of a Dagestani woman, who went through ritual circumcision.

According to data cited by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), about 200 million women and girls in 30 countries around the world were subjected to the procedure of circumcision. In 2012, the UN adopted a resolution that prohibits female genital mutilation.

Female circumcision is a surgery to remove parts of the female genitalia. It is aimed at limiting women’s sexual activity.

Source: Lenta.Ru