"Egypt forbids female circumcision"

“Egypt has announced that it is imposing a complete ban on female circumcision, also known as genital mutilation. […] Egypt’s first lady, Susanne Mubarak, has spoken out strongly against female circumcision, saying that it is a flagrant example of continued physical and psychological violence against children which must stop.

The country’s top religious authorities also expressed unequivocal support for the ban. The Grand Mufti and the head of the Coptic Church said female circumcision had no basis either in the Koran or in the Bible.”

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