Egypt female circumcision doctor at large or practicing?

Updated 18 November 2015

Egypt female circumcision doctor at large or practicing?

CAIRO: An Egyptian doctor sentenced to two years in prison over a girl’s death during a female circumcision operation said Tuesday he was on the run, but an NGO claimed he is still practicing.
Police said they were seeking the doctor, Raslan Fadl, after his sentencing in January and denied the claim that his clinic is still open.
Fadl is the first doctor sentenced to prison for female genital mutilation (FGM), since the practice, still widespread, was banned in 2008.
The court in Mansoura province also handed a suspended three-month sentence to the father of the victim, 14-year-old Sohair Al-Bataa.
Eleven months later, Fadl said he was still free and hiding from police.
“I am in very bad condition,” he told AFP by phone. “I am moving around every day, scared of detectives. They want to apply the sentence and I have to move around.”
Fadl denied that he was practicing medicine, but the New York-based women’s rights group Equality Now said his clinic was still open.
“He has not served a single day of his prison sentence and his clinic remains open,” the group said.
The group said representatives had traveled to his province demanding his arrest.
“Though the chief of police promised to do within 48 hours, Dr. Fadl still remains free,” it said.
A police official told AFP Fadl was being sought. “There is a final ruling against this doctor, and we are trying to apprehend him,” he said, adding that the clinic was closed. FGM involves extreme mutilation, in a bid to control women’s sexuality


New Zealand slams Qatar as Kiwi woman revealed as victim of airport exams

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New Zealand slams Qatar as Kiwi woman revealed as victim of airport exams

  • These latest revelations come just a day after the British government spoke out against a similar incident involving 2 Britons
  • Qatar says the searches were carried out after a baby was left in a bin

WELLINGTON: New Zealand has revealed one of its citizens was among the women subjected to invasive pelvic examinations at Doha airport, labelling the action “completely unacceptable.”
“We were extremely concerned to learn... that a New Zealand national was involved in the appalling incident involving female passengers on several Qatar Airways flights,” the foreign affairs ministry said in a statement late Thursday.
“This action was completely unacceptable. We are making our views known to Qatari authorities and are seeking a full report on what occurred.”

Now Qatar has said it will prosecute those responsible for the searches.
Women on 10 flights out of Doha were subject to the examinations as authorities in the ultra-conservative Gulf state searched for the mother of a newborn baby found abandoned in an airport bathroom.
The foreign ministry statement provided no details about the New Zealand woman involved, citing privacy concerns.
Qatar said Wednesday it “regrets any distress” over the incident, which occurred in early October but only came to light this week after affected Australian passengers spoke out.
Australia has since said 13 of its citizens had to endure the “appalling” examinations, Britain said it is providing support for two women and AFP has learned a French woman was also affected.
In its first account of events, Qatar said the baby girl was wrapped in plastic and left to die in a bathroom rubbish bin, prompting what sources said was a lockdown of the airport.
Women were then led from aircraft to ambulances on the tarmac where they were subject to cervical examinations to see if they had recently given birth.
Qatar has launched an investigation into the incident, which involved women on 10 flights, and sources say those involved could face criminal prosecution.