Uganda jails five for genital mutilation

November 27, 2014 • Daily Email Recap

Uganda jails five for genital mutilation

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Kampala (AFP) – Five men and women in Uganda have been jailed for mutilating the genitals of girls, a rare conviction in the country which is trying to stamp out the often deadly practice.

The five, including those who carried out the mutilation — which can range from hacking off the clitoris to the removal of the entire female genitalia — were arrested in eastern Uganda’s Kapchorwa district last week.

All pleaded guilty to aiding or procuring female genital mutilation (FGM), which was outlawed in 2010. They were jailed for four years, according to the Daily Monitor newspaper.

Uganda’s law makes it a crime to not only carry out FGM or participate in any event leading to its practice, but also to discriminate against a woman who hasn’t had it done.

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