UKIP calls for change in NI law to require all medical professionals to report cases of FGM
‘Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is defined by the NHS as ‘a procedure where the female genitals are deliberately cut, injured or changed, but where there’s no medical reason.’
This barbaric and needless torture is now not something happening in far-off lands, but is happening here and now. FGM is common practice in African nations and the Middle-East and is usually performed on naive children aged 5-8 year olds. Estimates indicate 130 million suffer worldwide. The NHS estimates there are 137,000 cases across the UK.
We in Northern Ireland have not escaped this blight – with figures obtained by the BBC through a recent freedom of information request showing 17 recent cases in the Belfast trust area alone in 9 months on women aged between 24 – 46.
Commenting on this, UKIP Spokesman for Northern Ireland, Robert Hill said:
“This practice cannot be allowed to continue. FGM is rightly illegal in the UK, and in England – medical professionals are required to report all such cases: But through yet another failure of the legacy parties and the Stormont Assembly – this does not apply in Northern Ireland.”
“It’s truly appalling to think that when people come to our so called civilised country to escape persecution in their home countries – many are then subjected to this, needlessly disfigured and scarred both physically and mentally for life.
“UKIP demand a change in the current law to require all medical professionals in Northern Ireland to report these cases to the PSNI – and for the PSNI to act, to fully investigate the cases and bring these evil torturers to justice.”
If you are suffering or know someone who is suffering – the NSPCC has a specialist FGM support line : 0800 028 3550