A case of female genital mutilation is reported in England every 96 minutes, according to official health figures.
5,484 instances of the barbaric, brutal and life threatening ‘practice’ were reported from October 2014 to September 2015, and experts say many other victims go unreported.
The data, released in time for the International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM – the 6th February – shows that 1,385 cases were reported between July and September 2015. Of these, 758 were in London while 227 were in the Midlands and East of England.
Female Genital Mutilation is illegal here in non-medical instances, but that of course does not stop it from happening. Many girls are taken ‘on holiday’ to have the ‘surgery’, but an increasing number are happening right here in the UK. The first prosecution relating to FGM carried out within the UK ended when a doctor was cleared – in less than half an hour – last year.
Human rights organisation Equality Now has previously estimated that 137,000 women and girls in England and Wales have been subjected to FGM.
Spokesman Brendan Wynne said the HSCIC figures are ‘just the tip of the iceberg’.