Female Genital Mutilation is still practiced in Egypt. TheGuardian
Another fact related to the matter that deserves a mention is that figure was estimated to be about 95 per cent for women aged between 15 and 49 in rural areas of the country. Even though the statistics for the inhumane and unscientific act conducted openly and illegally on women of Egypt is lower for the younger age group, all these figures are equally alarming.
Even more startling is the fact that only a small number of these surgeries are carried out by doctors while the rest are done by unqualified ‘Dayas’ under unhygienic circumstances and/or using un-sterilized instruments putting the lives of women at risk.
A large number of mutilations are performed by unqualified people. Healthline
A number of reasons are cited for conducting FGM. Dailymail
But the fact is that it is absolutely unscientific and utterly inhuman. It causes urine infections and other urinary problems, infections in the vagina and pelvis, cysts, bleeding, sexual dysfunction and severe problems in pregnancy. Despite all these scientific and logical facts, FGM is practiced in parts of Africa, Asia and the Middle East, Egypt being one of the countries with highest rates of FGM in the world.
Women in Egypt continue to face genital mutilation despite its criminalization. REUTERS/Tara Todras-Whitehill /Landov/ Thedailybeast
However, the laws have failed to show their complete impact. In October this year, the Health Ministry of Egypt announced that it plans to launch a crackdown campaign on physicians involved in performing the barbaric act on girls, which indeed is the need of the hour. Considering the large scale of FGM prevalent in Egypt, stricter implementation of laws and a stringent punishment for evaders should solve a great part of the problem. Also needed is spread of awareness among the people, most importantly females and medical staff of Egypt to stop being a participant in FGM unless it is medically necessary.