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'End Vile Practice of Female Mutilation'
by Lucy Johnston
Up to 100,000 schoolgirls are at risk of sexual mutilation that causes permanent physical and emotional damage. Many are taken abroad but others are secretively maimed in Britain as part of a shocking cultural practice that is condoned by the victims' families.
Until now little has been done to prevent this horrific custom. Female genital mutilation has been a criminal offence for 30 years but there has never been a prosecution.
Last week that began to change. In the first of a series of top-level meetings in London, a group of senior police, government officials and experts led by director of public prosecutions Keir Starmer began work on tough new measures to crack down on the barbarity.
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