Female Circumcision Banned in Uganda
The Ugandan Parliament have unanimously voted to make female genital mutilation a crime in the country. According to the new law, anyone caught in the practice of female circumcision, will face a jail term of ten years, or a life sentence if someone dies as a result of the act. Female genital mutilation involves the cutting off the female clitoris and is seen in most African countries as a method used to protect virginity that will make women suitable for marriages.
Most African traditions makes it a taboo to marry a young woman who is not circumcised.
The crude method often use with unsterilized blades that pass for medical instruments and the lack of proper anaesthesia has often come under serious criticism by health groups around the world. African governments have come under tremendous pressure to pass legislation that will end such practices. But the traditional and cultural wrath most government face from the custodians of such cultural rights have often than not prevented governments to pursue such legislation.
Across the African continent and some parts of Asia where the acts are more predominant, there has been a sharp increase in deaths of young girls being forced to take part in such brutal savagery. And most times young girls have to endure bleeding, shock and infections.