Supreme Court to ban Genital Mutilation

Supreme court is likely to impose strict prohibition on genital mutilation. The custom is normally followed by the members of Bohra community where female members are forced to cut off their genitals. The Supreme Court has yesterday observed that such custom would result in huge health hazards and is against the rights of women. Senior advocates have pleaded the court to bring this custom under Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act. The government has also urged the court to impose a punishment of seven years of imprisonment for those who try to impose this violent custom. However the lawyer representing the Bohra community argued that the custom should be considered as a part of religious freedom. The court will continue to hear the case today.