Huge victory for Women! Sudan declares female genital cutting a crime

New Delhi: Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in Sudan, genital mutilation has now been declared a crime and a provision of three years of imprisonment has been made as punishment. Organizations that raise voice for women's rights have called it the beginning of a new era for women. According to data from the World Health Organization (WHO), nine out of 10 women here go through the pain of circumcision, which is very dangerous for health.

Sudan's government has approved amendments to its criminal law, stating that anyone who circumcises women will have to undergo a three-year sentence along with a fine. Women's rights organizations here say that this punishment will help to eliminate FGM. However, these organizations say that it is still very difficult to change the mindset of the people, because people have been considering it as a traditional practice which is required to be followed for the marriage of daughters.

Faiza Mohammed, regional director of an NGO fighting for women's rights in Africa, stated that 'most women are circumcised in Sudan. Now those who get circumcised must be punished so that girls can be saved from this barbarism.

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