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Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | 09/10/2012

Female genital mutilation remains taboo

Under a new bill presented by the German federal government, the circumcision of boys for religious reasons will be explicitly allowed in certain situations in future. The liberal-conservative Neue Zürcher Zeitung decries the fact that so far the subject of female genital mutilation has been overlooked in the debate about circumcision: "Soon Germany will be home to yet another paradox. Of two ritual practices that constitute a violation of a child's bodily integrity, one will be legal and the other forbidden. Yet despite all this no one has ever been put on trial in Germany for genital mutilation. ... In this supposedly so enlightened European country there are thousands of mutilated women, and thousands more who will probably soon be subjected to this ritual. Although the practice is forbidden, in practice nothing is done against it. It's as if people had simply come to terms with this outrageous state of affairs simply because for most involved parties it is easier this way - except of course for the thousands of young women who will soon make a journey from which they will return as very changed individuals."

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