“No remorse”

Three sentenced to 15 months in landmark FGM trial in Australia

In a historic trial, marking the first criminal prosecution of female genital mutilation in Australia, three people were sentenced to 15-month prison sentences on Friday. The case revolved around two young girls who underwent a ceremony called “khatna” between 2009 and 2012, and  were each 7 years old at the time. Their mother and a former midwife were convicted for carrying out the FGM, which involved cutting or partially removing the clitoris without leaving a scar, while Shabbir Mohammedbhai Vaziri, a spiritual leader in the Dawoodi Bohra community, was convicted for helping cover up the mutilation. The three will be assessed for home detention. One of the girls testified in court that she was asked to imagine being a “princess in a garden” while the ceremony took place. According to the prosecutor in the case, neither of the women showed any remorse for their actions, only offering up “qualified, ambiguous and self-serving” apologies. In New South Wales, the state where the trial took place, the maximum sentence for carrying out FGM had been tripled to 21 years just two years ago.

Read the full story at The Guardian.

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