The Disgusting Barbarism Of Female Genital Mutilation Is Not Religious Freedom
By Elizabeth Yore
In April 2017, The Times of India reported that Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin, the spiritual global leader of a Shia Muslim sect called the Dawoodi Bohras, reaffirmed the mandate of female genital mutilation (katna) in a sermon carried over a livestream and repeated in a messaging app:
“It must be done. If it is a man, it can be done openly and if it is a woman it must be discreet. But the act must be done. Do you understand what I am saying? Let people say what they want …we are not scared of anyone.”
The curious timing of this female genital mutilation global spiritual mandate suggests a serendipitous coincidence with the announcement of a federal indictment of eight Dawoodi Bohra members in a conspiracy to commit female genital mutilation in Michigan. The leader of this conspiracy is Dr. Jumana Nagarwala, who, according to the indictment, perpetrated female genital mutilation on a number of little girls. The U.S. government alleges that Nagarwala and others carried out this barbaric practice on unsuspecting little girls at night and after hours in a Livonia, Michigan, clinic.
(This post originally appeared on dailycaller.com | Image from dailycaller.com)