Circumcision of women is a crime against humanity, Pope Francis said on the practice of Muslims – न्यूज़लीड India

Circumcision of women is a crime against humanity, Pope Francis said on the practice of Muslims


female circumcision is a terrible thing

Referring to the practice of circumcision in some religions, the Pope said, ‘Can we not stop the tragedy of the intercession of young women even today? This is a dreadful thing that continues as a practice even today and which humanity is not able to stop. This is a crime. It is a criminal act.’ Francis was responding to a question about women’s rights on his way back from Bahrain to the Vatican. He said that the fight for women’s rights, equality and opportunity should continue for the betterment of the society.

Pope Francis said - there should be no discrimination against women

Pope Francis said – there should be no discrimination against women

The pope was asked questions about his support for protests in Iran following the custodial death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini. Francis did not respond directly to this. However, she denounced that women are treated as second-class citizens or worse, in many cultures around the world. He said that we have to keep fighting this because women are a gift. The Pope said, ‘God made two equal people… man and woman. We should not discriminate against anyone in this.

Circumcision is done to control sexual desire

Circumcision is done to control sexual desire

Circumcision is also called female genital mutilation. In circumcision, the outer part of a woman’s genitalia is cut off completely or partially. Many conservatives believe that circumcision is necessary to suppress the sexual desire of women. Despite the ban in many parts of the world, this practice continues unabated. According to data released by UNICEF in the year 2020, around 200 million baby girls and women were circumcised worldwide.

Circumcision is very prevalent among women in African countries.

Circumcision is very prevalent among women in African countries.

Female circumcision is very prevalent in African countries, although this practice continues unabated in many developed countries. According to a report, this practice is spread all over the world. According to a report, the practice of circumcision among women continues in 92 countries. It is legally prohibited in 51 of these countries, of which India is also one. Female circumcision was banned in Egypt in 2008, but Egypt still has the largest number of female circumcision cases in the world.

Circumcision continues in the Bohra community in India

Circumcision continues in the Bohra community in India

In India this practice is mainly practiced by the Bohra community and a Sunni Muslim sect from Kerala. About one million people of the Bohra community live in India. However, there is no official figure about how many women and girls of this community have been circumcised. But according to a 2018 study, about 75 percent of girls aged 7 years and above in this community have been circumcised. Doctors found guilty of performing circumcision in India are punished with imprisonment of up to 7 years. Along with this, those demanding to be circumcised can also be sentenced to three years in prison.

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