Indonesia Bans Doctors from Practicing Female Genital Mutilation

The Indonesian government announced this week that it is prohibiting doctors and nurses from performing female genital cutting. According to Reuters, some Indonesian groups encourage families to perform female genital mutiliation, allegedly to maintain chastity and virginity before marriage and to ensure faithfulness in the women’s marriage.

Sri Hermiyanti, head of the Indonesian health ministry’s family health directorate, said, “Hurting, damaging, incising and cutting of the clitoris are not permitted under the ban, because these acts violate the reproductive rights of these girls and harm their organs,” reports Kaiser Daily Women’s Health Policy Report. However, there are no punishments in place for those who violate the ban, and it is expected that it will take time for traditional communities to stop performing female genital mutilation.


Reuters 10/4/06; Kaiser Daily WomenÕs Health Policy Report 10/5/06

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