Egypt convicts doctor, father in first ever FGM trial
An organisation which has long campaigned against FGM dubbed the verdict “historic.”
A father and a doctor have been convicted for the death of a 13-year-old girl who died after being subjected to female genital mutilation, a verdict that those leading the battle against the practice have described as a significant milestone.
Soheir El-Bataa, from the Nile Delta’s Daqahliya governorate, died after a doctor performed the FGM on her in June 2013. An appeal court on Monday sentenced the doctor involved to two years in prison with hard labour on charges of involuntary manslaughter. He was also fined LE500 (around $68).
The doctor also received a three-month prison sentence on charges of carrying out FGM. The girl’s father’s received a suspended sentence of three years for the same charge. The doctor’s clinic where the FGM was performed will be closed for one year by court order.
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