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UK FGM trial signals step forward
by Samira Shackle
The first trial over FGM in the UK gets underway this week. Two doctors have pleaded not guilty to carrying out the procedure on a woman after she gave birth in November 2012. Samira Shackle reports from London.
The case is something of a landmark. Female genital mutilation (FGM) has been classified as a serious crime in the UK since 1985, and, since 2003, it has been illegal to carry it out on a UK citizen abroad. Yet there has not been a single prosecution, despite more than 140 referrals to police over the last four years.
"This case is an interesting step," says Adwoa Kwateng-Kluvitse, head of global advocacy and partnerships at Forward, an organization which campaigns on FGM. "It would be positive if they can prove that FGM did take place and that there's a real case to be answered. What would hurt us as a campaign and advocacy group is if they go through the process only to find the case before the court has been proven to be weak. That would send a very negative message."
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