Egypt doctor in the dock for fatal female mutilation

Updated 18 March 2014

Egypt doctor in the dock for fatal female mutilation

CAIRO: A doctor in Egypt will face trial for performing a female circumcision operation that killed a teenage girl, a judicial official said on Tuesday. The 14-year-old girl’s father who took her to the doctor for the procedure will also face trial.
Although banned in 2008, female genital mutilation is still rampant in Egypt, especially in rural areas where many believe it is part of their faith. The doctor in the Nile Delta city of Mansoura performed the dangerous procedure at a private clinic.
The practice has been common among both Muslims and Christians, said Nehad Abolkomsan, who heads the Egyptian Center for Women’s Rights. A survey in 2000 said the procedure had been carried out on 97 percent of the country’s married women.
She said efforts to reach out to rural areas to end the practice had been partially successful, but more government supervision was needed.
“This will continue to need a lot of work and effort by the state to apply the law,” she said.
“Most cases don’t get to the attention of the prosecutor, unless the girl suffers health consequences.”
The WHO estimates that between 100 million and 140 million women have been mutilated worldwide.


Erdogan: 10 million CoronaVac doses could reach Turkey by weekend

Updated 22 January 2021

Erdogan: 10 million CoronaVac doses could reach Turkey by weekend

  • Turkey has already received an initial consignment of three million doses

ISTANBUL: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday China had approved delivery of a second consignment of the CoronaVac vaccine, produced by Sinovac Biotech, and 10 million doses could arrive in Turkey by this weekend.
Turkey has already received an initial consignment of three million doses and has so far vaccinated 1.166 million people, mostly health workers and elderly people. Erdogan was speaking to reporters in Istanbul.