Schoolchildren should be taught about female genital mutilation, says police commissioner

The Bolton News: Tony Lloyd Tony Lloyd

BOLTON’S police and crime commissioner is backing a campaign to teach children in schools about the risks of female genital mutilation.

The campaign has been organised 17-year-old student Fahma Mohamed from Bristol, who will be meeting education secretary Michael Gove today to discuss the issue.

More than 200,000 people have signed the petition, including Tony Lloyd and his deputy Jim Battle.

Although female genital mutilation is illegal in the UK, thousands of girls suffer from it each year.

It is estimated that 24,000 girls are at risk in the UK, and Mr Lloyd is determined to ensure greater openness as a means of eliminating it completely.

Mr Lloyd said: “Female genital mutilation is a barbaric practice that has no place in the 21st century. It is child abuse.

“Perhaps the greatest obstacle to eliminating it within our society is the secrecy surrounding the issue. By talking about it openly, and supporting the work of brave individuals such as Fahma, we can all work together to ensure female genital mutilation is eliminated completely.

“These sensitive and challenging conversations need to happen in homes, schools and community centres not simply in Greater Manchester but throughout the whole UK. If every headteacher was given the information they need to talk about FGM to students and parents, we could work together to protect all those most in need.”

  • For more information on Fahma’s campaign, and to sign the petition, visit her site at change.org.
  • For more information about female genital mutilation, including information about where to get help and advice, visit gmpcc.org.uk/fgm.

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9:27am Tue 25 Feb 14

thomas222 says...

Good idea & needs to be backed up by prosecuting the sick stone age Parents who commit the Illegal act.
Good idea & needs to be backed up by prosecuting the sick stone age Parents who commit the Illegal act. thomas222

11:19am Tue 25 Feb 14

AN0ther says...

The NHS carry out thousands of religious male circumcisions on young boys each year.
Why should the tax payer pay for this?
If the only reason for a male circumcision is on religious grounds and has no clinical indication the parents should be made to pay for this operation!
The NHS carry out thousands of religious male circumcisions on young boys each year. Why should the tax payer pay for this? If the only reason for a male circumcision is on religious grounds and has no clinical indication the parents should be made to pay for this operation! AN0ther

11:26am Tue 25 Feb 14

thomas222 says...

AN0ther wrote:
The NHS carry out thousands of religious male circumcisions on young boys each year. Why should the tax payer pay for this? If the only reason for a male circumcision is on religious grounds and has no clinical indication the parents should be made to pay for this operation!
Look at female genital mutilation on wikipedia and i think you may change your mind.
[quote][p][bold]AN0ther[/bold] wrote: The NHS carry out thousands of religious male circumcisions on young boys each year. Why should the tax payer pay for this? If the only reason for a male circumcision is on religious grounds and has no clinical indication the parents should be made to pay for this operation![/p][/quote]Look at female genital mutilation on wikipedia and i think you may change your mind. thomas222

12:03pm Tue 25 Feb 14

northern.lass says...

AN0ther wrote:
The NHS carry out thousands of religious male circumcisions on young boys each year.
Why should the tax payer pay for this?
If the only reason for a male circumcision is on religious grounds and has no clinical indication the parents should be made to pay for this operation!
I think you're missing the point. Do you get a say in what tax money is spent on anyway? No? Alright then. Next point.
If you're going to compare something this barbaric to circumcision then you obviously don't understand what it is. You're probably better off not googling it. Ignorance is clearly bliss.
[quote][p][bold]AN0ther[/bold] wrote: The NHS carry out thousands of religious male circumcisions on young boys each year. Why should the tax payer pay for this? If the only reason for a male circumcision is on religious grounds and has no clinical indication the parents should be made to pay for this operation![/p][/quote]I think you're missing the point. Do you get a say in what tax money is spent on anyway? No? Alright then. Next point. If you're going to compare something this barbaric to circumcision then you obviously don't understand what it is. You're probably better off not googling it. Ignorance is clearly bliss. northern.lass

12:18pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Reality50 says...

Good idea but only if it is not skirted around and it is vital the link between Islam and FGM is mentioned. I suspect for politically correct reasons,islam won't be mentioned however just as it isn't on child grooming issues. Until these links are mentioned and acted upon,we will get nowhere.
Good idea but only if it is not skirted around and it is vital the link between Islam and FGM is mentioned. I suspect for politically correct reasons,islam won't be mentioned however just as it isn't on child grooming issues. Until these links are mentioned and acted upon,we will get nowhere. Reality50

12:49pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Mick England says...

The thing is everyone knows that islam demands these sort of barbaric acts but 99% of people are afraid to say anything about islam! Even the way he says "these sensitive issues" the issues aren't sensitive, it's the cult fanatics whom are sensitive! Draw a picture of a prophet and the world burns and people die, yet stoning, beheading, FGM, etc etc don't even raise their eyebrows!
The thing is everyone knows that islam demands these sort of barbaric acts but 99% of people are afraid to say anything about islam! Even the way he says "these sensitive issues" the issues aren't sensitive, it's the cult fanatics whom are sensitive! Draw a picture of a prophet and the world burns and people die, yet stoning, beheading, FGM, etc etc don't even raise their eyebrows! Mick England

1:12pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Puffin-Billy says...

Will Mr. Lloyd also condemn Male Genital Mutilation? Or could it just be that there is too much money to be made out of that practice in Bolton, and around the Northwest of England?


Drs Shikha and Sanjay Pitalia hold contracts with the National Commissioning Board for practices in 10 Clinical Commissioning Groups in the northwest of England, for the delivery of GP services providing services to over 100,000 patients.

SSP Health’s website carries the logo: “Excellence in Primary Health Care Services in the North West”. The SSP site also carries the NHS logo.

SSP Health, run by Private General Practitioner husband and wife team Dr Shikha Pitalia and Dr Sanjay Pitalia have no problem with MGM.

Neither the Police, nor the Social Services, have a problem with MGM.

The NHS in Bolton appears not to have a problem with MGM.

It would seem that NHS England has no problem with MGM.

And it would appear that The Office of Fair Trading, who have decided not to launch a full investigation into the takeover by SSP Health of GP services in the North West, has no problem with SSP.

Could it just be that Big Money talks ?
Will Mr. Lloyd also condemn Male Genital Mutilation? Or could it just be that there is too much money to be made out of that practice in Bolton, and around the Northwest of England? Drs Shikha and Sanjay Pitalia hold contracts with the National Commissioning Board for practices in 10 Clinical Commissioning Groups in the northwest of England, for the delivery of GP services providing services to over 100,000 patients. SSP Health’s website carries the logo: “Excellence in Primary Health Care Services in the North West”. The SSP site also carries the NHS logo. SSP Health, run by Private General Practitioner husband and wife team Dr Shikha Pitalia and Dr Sanjay Pitalia have no problem with MGM. Neither the Police, nor the Social Services, have a problem with MGM. The NHS in Bolton appears not to have a problem with MGM. It would seem that NHS England has no problem with MGM. And it would appear that The Office of Fair Trading, who have decided not to launch a full investigation into the takeover by SSP Health of GP services in the North West, has no problem with SSP. Could it just be that Big Money talks ? Puffin-Billy

1:24pm Tue 25 Feb 14

RationalBoltonian says...

Same should be said for Male genital mutilation, circumcisions are also child abuse and both practices should be stopped regardless of "religious/cultural" beliefs, right and wrong comes before either of those or should at least.
Same should be said for Male genital mutilation, circumcisions are also child abuse and both practices should be stopped regardless of "religious/cultural" beliefs, right and wrong comes before either of those or should at least. RationalBoltonian

2:13pm Tue 25 Feb 14

cosmicma says...

i don't think talking about it in schools will make a blind bit of difference it will still be done by the fanatics that practice FGM
they know it's illegal in this country but the still do it anyway
it's the fanatics that need educating who carry out this practice that it's not acceptable in western society not the children
i don't think talking about it in schools will make a blind bit of difference it will still be done by the fanatics that practice FGM they know it's illegal in this country but the still do it anyway it's the fanatics that need educating who carry out this practice that it's not acceptable in western society not the children cosmicma

4:00pm Tue 25 Feb 14

loveandpeace says...

Those talking without having any knowledge of the issue and relating it to islam, please visit the link from WHO:
http://www.who.int/m
ediacentre/factsheet
s/fs241/en/

Couple of important points from this page are:
1. Though no religious scripts prescribe the practice, practitioners often believe the practice has religious support.
2. The practice is most common in the western, eastern, and north-eastern regions of Africa

I am a Muslim girl from Pakistan, knows a community of several hundreds Muslims in UK and Pakistan and never came across the issue of FGM. Never heard about it too. As it is not what Islam teaches. It is practice of certain regions, not a religion.

Please correct your knowledge before pointing towards someone else's beliefs and practices.
Those talking without having any knowledge of the issue and relating it to islam, please visit the link from WHO: http://www.who.int/m ediacentre/factsheet s/fs241/en/ Couple of important points from this page are: 1. Though no religious scripts prescribe the practice, practitioners often believe the practice has religious support. 2. The practice is most common in the western, eastern, and north-eastern regions of Africa I am a Muslim girl from Pakistan, knows a community of several hundreds Muslims in UK and Pakistan and never came across the issue of FGM. Never heard about it too. As it is not what Islam teaches. It is practice of certain regions, not a religion. Please correct your knowledge before pointing towards someone else's beliefs and practices. loveandpeace

4:21pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Mick England says...

Loveand peace:- according to UNICEF and Wikipedia these are the countries involved in FGM, and the common denominator is islam whether you like it or not.
.
As of 2013, according to UNICEF, FGM is concentrated
in Somalia (98 percent of women affected), Guinea (96
percent), Djibouti (93 percent), Egypt (91 percent),
Eritrea (89 percent), Mali (89 percent), Sierra Leone
(88 percent), Sudan (88 percent), Gambia (76
percent), Burkina Faso (76 percent), Ethiopia (74
percent), Mauritania (69 percent), Liberia (66
percent), Guinea-Bissau (50 percent), Chad (44
percent), Côte d'Ivoire (38 percent), Kenya (27
percent), Nigeria (27 percent), Senegal (26 percent),
Central African Republic (24 percent), Yemen (23
percent), United Republic of Tanzania (15 percent),
Benin (13 percent), Iraq (8 percent), Ghana (4
percent), Togo (4 percent), Niger (2 percent),
Cameroon (1 percent), and Uganda (1 percent).
Loveand peace:- according to UNICEF and Wikipedia these are the countries involved in FGM, and the common denominator is islam whether you like it or not. . As of 2013, according to UNICEF, FGM is concentrated in Somalia (98 percent of women affected), Guinea (96 percent), Djibouti (93 percent), Egypt (91 percent), Eritrea (89 percent), Mali (89 percent), Sierra Leone (88 percent), Sudan (88 percent), Gambia (76 percent), Burkina Faso (76 percent), Ethiopia (74 percent), Mauritania (69 percent), Liberia (66 percent), Guinea-Bissau (50 percent), Chad (44 percent), Côte d'Ivoire (38 percent), Kenya (27 percent), Nigeria (27 percent), Senegal (26 percent), Central African Republic (24 percent), Yemen (23 percent), United Republic of Tanzania (15 percent), Benin (13 percent), Iraq (8 percent), Ghana (4 percent), Togo (4 percent), Niger (2 percent), Cameroon (1 percent), and Uganda (1 percent). Mick England

4:32pm Tue 25 Feb 14

AN0ther says...

northern.lass wrote:
AN0ther wrote:
The NHS carry out thousands of religious male circumcisions on young boys each year.
Why should the tax payer pay for this?
If the only reason for a male circumcision is on religious grounds and has no clinical indication the parents should be made to pay for this operation!
I think you're missing the point. Do you get a say in what tax money is spent on anyway? No? Alright then. Next point.
If you're going to compare something this barbaric to circumcision then you obviously don't understand what it is. You're probably better off not googling it. Ignorance is clearly bliss.
Dear northern.lass, As a theatre Nurse in the NHS and as an over seas voluntary Nurse, I have spent many hours assisting surgeons in correcting the horrendus injuries caused buy male and female home circumcisions.
I was wanting to point out that it is also happening to males as well as females but the male circumcision is being funded on the NHS, for many religions and beliefs. I wonder if female circumcision was offered on the NHS would we hear as many home horror stories?
I wish I could have ignorance to this situation and less of my actual knowledge and experience, of which I wouldn't share with my worst enemy.
[quote][p][bold]northern.lass[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]AN0ther[/bold] wrote: The NHS carry out thousands of religious male circumcisions on young boys each year. Why should the tax payer pay for this? If the only reason for a male circumcision is on religious grounds and has no clinical indication the parents should be made to pay for this operation![/p][/quote]I think you're missing the point. Do you get a say in what tax money is spent on anyway? No? Alright then. Next point. If you're going to compare something this barbaric to circumcision then you obviously don't understand what it is. You're probably better off not googling it. Ignorance is clearly bliss.[/p][/quote]Dear northern.lass, As a theatre Nurse in the NHS and as an over seas voluntary Nurse, I have spent many hours assisting surgeons in correcting the horrendus injuries caused buy male and female home circumcisions. I was wanting to point out that it is also happening to males as well as females but the male circumcision is being funded on the NHS, for many religions and beliefs. I wonder if female circumcision was offered on the NHS would we hear as many home horror stories? I wish I could have ignorance to this situation and less of my actual knowledge and experience, of which I wouldn't share with my worst enemy. AN0ther

6:21pm Tue 25 Feb 14

dressit says...

AN0ther, can we just be clear on something.......some
times male circumcision is necessary. My white, British son was circumcised due to a very common painful medical condition, not because I wanted it. FGM involves the removal of the outside of the vagina and the stitching up almost completely of the vaginal opening. This makes sex and birth extremely painfully and very dangerous. It's not something usually done in Pakistan or India, but is very common in East African countries. The practice happens amongst those communities in this country, there are specialist maternity wings especially in Essex that work to repare the damage done and to ensure the woman are able to give birth safely. This petition is vital in raising awareness for young women in those communities in Britain.
AN0ther, can we just be clear on something.......some times male circumcision is necessary. My white, British son was circumcised due to a very common painful medical condition, not because I wanted it. FGM involves the removal of the outside of the vagina and the stitching up almost completely of the vaginal opening. This makes sex and birth extremely painfully and very dangerous. It's not something usually done in Pakistan or India, but is very common in East African countries. The practice happens amongst those communities in this country, there are specialist maternity wings especially in Essex that work to repare the damage done and to ensure the woman are able to give birth safely. This petition is vital in raising awareness for young women in those communities in Britain. dressit

9:14pm Tue 25 Feb 14

berushka says...

Mick England wrote:
Loveand peace:- according to UNICEF and Wikipedia these are the countries involved in FGM, and the common denominator is islam whether you like it or not.
.
As of 2013, according to UNICEF, FGM is concentrated
in Somalia (98 percent of women affected), Guinea (96
percent), Djibouti (93 percent), Egypt (91 percent),
Eritrea (89 percent), Mali (89 percent), Sierra Leone
(88 percent), Sudan (88 percent), Gambia (76
percent), Burkina Faso (76 percent), Ethiopia (74
percent), Mauritania (69 percent), Liberia (66
percent), Guinea-Bissau (50 percent), Chad (44
percent), Côte d'Ivoire (38 percent), Kenya (27
percent), Nigeria (27 percent), Senegal (26 percent),
Central African Republic (24 percent), Yemen (23
percent), United Republic of Tanzania (15 percent),
Benin (13 percent), Iraq (8 percent), Ghana (4
percent), Togo (4 percent), Niger (2 percent),
Cameroon (1 percent), and Uganda (1 percent).
apart from the religious link, there is another common denominator amongst these people; they all manage to survive without any brain cells. this barbaric practice is one of the most disgusting acts a human has ever inflicted on another. If this is based on so-called religion, then my belief that all religions are dangerous and used as an excuse for those who cannot think for themselves is vindicated. Now we have had that silly man, the Archbishop of Bolton telling the government that there are people suffering from the cost of living, yet he enjoys a high salary, free, luxurious housing and membership of one of the richest businesses in the world. and all based on a false belief in a non-existent ghost who has condoned abuse and atrocities by his followers, similar to those we are discussing here.If you say you are a believer, then you must agree with FGM, as it is taught under a religious banner, and do you believers not allow others to have their own beliefs hypocrites, the lot of you.
[quote][p][bold]Mick England[/bold] wrote: Loveand peace:- according to UNICEF and Wikipedia these are the countries involved in FGM, and the common denominator is islam whether you like it or not. . As of 2013, according to UNICEF, FGM is concentrated in Somalia (98 percent of women affected), Guinea (96 percent), Djibouti (93 percent), Egypt (91 percent), Eritrea (89 percent), Mali (89 percent), Sierra Leone (88 percent), Sudan (88 percent), Gambia (76 percent), Burkina Faso (76 percent), Ethiopia (74 percent), Mauritania (69 percent), Liberia (66 percent), Guinea-Bissau (50 percent), Chad (44 percent), Côte d'Ivoire (38 percent), Kenya (27 percent), Nigeria (27 percent), Senegal (26 percent), Central African Republic (24 percent), Yemen (23 percent), United Republic of Tanzania (15 percent), Benin (13 percent), Iraq (8 percent), Ghana (4 percent), Togo (4 percent), Niger (2 percent), Cameroon (1 percent), and Uganda (1 percent).[/p][/quote]apart from the religious link, there is another common denominator amongst these people; they all manage to survive without any brain cells. this barbaric practice is one of the most disgusting acts a human has ever inflicted on another. If this is based on so-called religion, then my belief that all religions are dangerous and used as an excuse for those who cannot think for themselves is vindicated. Now we have had that silly man, the Archbishop of Bolton telling the government that there are people suffering from the cost of living, yet he enjoys a high salary, free, luxurious housing and membership of one of the richest businesses in the world. and all based on a false belief in a non-existent ghost who has condoned abuse and atrocities by his followers, similar to those we are discussing here.If you say you are a believer, then you must agree with FGM, as it is taught under a religious banner, and do you believers not allow others to have their own beliefs hypocrites, the lot of you. berushka

10:56pm Tue 25 Feb 14

AN0ther says...

dressit wrote:
AN0ther, can we just be clear on something.......some

times male circumcision is necessary. My white, British son was circumcised due to a very common painful medical condition, not because I wanted it. FGM involves the removal of the outside of the vagina and the stitching up almost completely of the vaginal opening. This makes sex and birth extremely painfully and very dangerous. It's not something usually done in Pakistan or India, but is very common in East African countries. The practice happens amongst those communities in this country, there are specialist maternity wings especially in Essex that work to repare the damage done and to ensure the woman are able to give birth safely. This petition is vital in raising awareness for young women in those communities in Britain.
dressit, Absolutely correct. there are many clinical indications for male circumcision. Also there are varying degrees of FGM.
http://www.gmpcc.org
.uk/tools-and-resour
ces/female-genital-m
utilation/
I completely agree more should be done to raise awareness of this situation.
[quote][p][bold]dressit[/bold] wrote: AN0ther, can we just be clear on something.......some times male circumcision is necessary. My white, British son was circumcised due to a very common painful medical condition, not because I wanted it. FGM involves the removal of the outside of the vagina and the stitching up almost completely of the vaginal opening. This makes sex and birth extremely painfully and very dangerous. It's not something usually done in Pakistan or India, but is very common in East African countries. The practice happens amongst those communities in this country, there are specialist maternity wings especially in Essex that work to repare the damage done and to ensure the woman are able to give birth safely. This petition is vital in raising awareness for young women in those communities in Britain.[/p][/quote]dressit, Absolutely correct. there are many clinical indications for male circumcision. Also there are varying degrees of FGM. http://www.gmpcc.org .uk/tools-and-resour ces/female-genital-m utilation/ I completely agree more should be done to raise awareness of this situation. AN0ther

11:16pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Mick England says...

berushka wrote:
Mick England wrote:
Loveand peace:- according to UNICEF and Wikipedia these are the countries involved in FGM, and the common denominator is islam whether you like it or not.
.
As of 2013, according to UNICEF, FGM is concentrated
in Somalia (98 percent of women affected), Guinea (96
percent), Djibouti (93 percent), Egypt (91 percent),
Eritrea (89 percent), Mali (89 percent), Sierra Leone
(88 percent), Sudan (88 percent), Gambia (76
percent), Burkina Faso (76 percent), Ethiopia (74
percent), Mauritania (69 percent), Liberia (66
percent), Guinea-Bissau (50 percent), Chad (44
percent), Côte d'Ivoire (38 percent), Kenya (27
percent), Nigeria (27 percent), Senegal (26 percent),
Central African Republic (24 percent), Yemen (23
percent), United Republic of Tanzania (15 percent),
Benin (13 percent), Iraq (8 percent), Ghana (4
percent), Togo (4 percent), Niger (2 percent),
Cameroon (1 percent), and Uganda (1 percent).
apart from the religious link, there is another common denominator amongst these people; they all manage to survive without any brain cells. this barbaric practice is one of the most disgusting acts a human has ever inflicted on another. If this is based on so-called religion, then my belief that all religions are dangerous and used as an excuse for those who cannot think for themselves is vindicated. Now we have had that silly man, the Archbishop of Bolton telling the government that there are people suffering from the cost of living, yet he enjoys a high salary, free, luxurious housing and membership of one of the richest businesses in the world. and all based on a false belief in a non-existent ghost who has condoned abuse and atrocities by his followers, similar to those we are discussing here.If you say you are a believer, then you must agree with FGM, as it is taught under a religious banner, and do you believers not allow others to have their own beliefs hypocrites, the lot of you.
That's why I don't believe in any god or prophet. No one will brainwash me!
[quote][p][bold]berushka[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mick England[/bold] wrote: Loveand peace:- according to UNICEF and Wikipedia these are the countries involved in FGM, and the common denominator is islam whether you like it or not. . As of 2013, according to UNICEF, FGM is concentrated in Somalia (98 percent of women affected), Guinea (96 percent), Djibouti (93 percent), Egypt (91 percent), Eritrea (89 percent), Mali (89 percent), Sierra Leone (88 percent), Sudan (88 percent), Gambia (76 percent), Burkina Faso (76 percent), Ethiopia (74 percent), Mauritania (69 percent), Liberia (66 percent), Guinea-Bissau (50 percent), Chad (44 percent), Côte d'Ivoire (38 percent), Kenya (27 percent), Nigeria (27 percent), Senegal (26 percent), Central African Republic (24 percent), Yemen (23 percent), United Republic of Tanzania (15 percent), Benin (13 percent), Iraq (8 percent), Ghana (4 percent), Togo (4 percent), Niger (2 percent), Cameroon (1 percent), and Uganda (1 percent).[/p][/quote]apart from the religious link, there is another common denominator amongst these people; they all manage to survive without any brain cells. this barbaric practice is one of the most disgusting acts a human has ever inflicted on another. If this is based on so-called religion, then my belief that all religions are dangerous and used as an excuse for those who cannot think for themselves is vindicated. Now we have had that silly man, the Archbishop of Bolton telling the government that there are people suffering from the cost of living, yet he enjoys a high salary, free, luxurious housing and membership of one of the richest businesses in the world. and all based on a false belief in a non-existent ghost who has condoned abuse and atrocities by his followers, similar to those we are discussing here.If you say you are a believer, then you must agree with FGM, as it is taught under a religious banner, and do you believers not allow others to have their own beliefs hypocrites, the lot of you.[/p][/quote]That's why I don't believe in any god or prophet. No one will brainwash me! Mick England

2:52pm Thu 20 Mar 14

loveandpeace says...

Everyone blaming Islam without knowledge, please read the following report from BBC Sue-Lloyd Roberts. The report clearly says:
"Prominent Raelians who had flown in for the opening of the hospital blame the Catholic Church in Burkina Faso, claiming that prominent Catholic doctors, enraged that foreign doctors were carrying out the procedure, had put pressure on the government to stop it. The say that the Church also fear that the Raelians might get recruits from among grateful patients
Dr Brigitte Boisellier, president of Clitoraid, says: "This wonderful mission has now been stymied by the Catholic Church and its cronies, who are conducting a smear campaign against it for their own selfish motives." The Catholic Church in Burkina Faso has dismissed this allegation as "poisonous rumour".

You can read full report here: http://www.bbc.co.uk
/news/magazine-26577
358

As I suggested, I am a Muslim from Pakistan, knows a community of hundreds, and never encountered any in the community who has been done this barbaric act.

It is not related to any specific religion, otherwise the above report clearly mentions name of the Catholics.

It is better to clear the views and get an indepth knowledge before pointing fingers towards anything.
Everyone blaming Islam without knowledge, please read the following report from BBC Sue-Lloyd Roberts. The report clearly says: "Prominent Raelians who had flown in for the opening of the hospital blame the Catholic Church in Burkina Faso, claiming that prominent Catholic doctors, enraged that foreign doctors were carrying out the procedure, had put pressure on the government to stop it. The say that the Church also fear that the Raelians might get recruits from among grateful patients Dr Brigitte Boisellier, president of Clitoraid, says: "This wonderful mission has now been stymied by the Catholic Church and its cronies, who are conducting a smear campaign against it for their own selfish motives." The Catholic Church in Burkina Faso has dismissed this allegation as "poisonous rumour". You can read full report here: http://www.bbc.co.uk /news/magazine-26577 358 As I suggested, I am a Muslim from Pakistan, knows a community of hundreds, and never encountered any in the community who has been done this barbaric act. It is not related to any specific religion, otherwise the above report clearly mentions name of the Catholics. It is better to clear the views and get an indepth knowledge before pointing fingers towards anything. loveandpeace

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