“Imagine being taken to a room in a dark decrepit building. Imagine being pinned down on the floor. Imagine your underwear being taken off. Imagine seeing a knife being heated on the gas stove. Imagine the same hot knife slicing your clitoris. Imagine young girls shrieking in pain.”
INFIBULATION: It is an act of complete scraping of vagina and stitching it together to preserve the girl’s virginity.
They seal the Vagina and leave small hole for the girl to menstruate or urinate!
They tie their legs with rope for days so that the wound can heal. It usually take 15 to 40 days for the wound to heal. During this period the girl’s legs remain tied and she is prevented from moving.
If you are a male reading this just imagine the amount of pain you may feel when you get hurt on your penis and now imagine getting it cut/scraped off completely…..Well I guess now you could imagine the physical pain a women goes through and forget about the mental trauma that stays with her for the rest of her life.
The cruel practice of female genital cutting or female genital mutilation (FGM) is not happening only in far away Africa. It’s not just being practised in tribal societies. Young girls aged six and seven are regularly being cut right here, in India. Mumbai abounds with untrained midwives who continue to scar young girls from the Bohra community, a Shia sub sect.
Basically, the stitches are meant to be reopen only by her husband.Imagine the trauma the girl will pass through.
At birth many women have to be cut again because the vagina opening is too small for the passage of the baby.
It also cause urinary tract infections in women, fistula and infertility etc.
The worst is that this is done to women by a women! I think this is where feminism should come
WHEN AND WHERE DID IT START?
Though immigration due to slave exportation and other reasons is considered to be one of the predominant forces behind the spread of FGC (female genital cutting) in the West, L. Amede Obiora claims it was also reportedly performed on western women, especially in the United States, even in the 2000’s as a cure to ‘unnatural female sexual behaviour’ that ranges from homosexuality, female masturbation to depression. References to ‘genital altercations’ in the Western countries are also not unfamiliar.
To talk about India, the practice is prevalent among the Bohra community who came to the Western part of India from the North-African region as a trading community. The defenders of the practice in the community justify this as a stand-alone practice of khatna which unlike other grave forms of it, only comes to denote removal of a pinch of clitoral skin bereft of its harmful effects. In this regard, often local circumcisers are being replaced by the medical professionals to highlight the hygienic conditions of its performance and gain greater legitimacy in its favour.
The United Nations has declared female genital mutilation a human rights violation but there is no ban in India. Young girls are still being taken to midwives and to doctors in Bohra-run hospitals.
ALL THIS IS REALLY HEARTBREAKING AND TRAUMATIC FOR ALL WOMEN ACROSS THE GLOBE.
A WOMEN CANNOT HAVE HER OWN CONTROL OVER HER VIRGINITY FORGET ABOUT THE FREEDOM,RIGHT TO VOTE,EQUALITY,EQUAL PAY, ETC FOR WHICH WE FIGHT FOR EVERYDAY.