Michigan OKs Criminal Penalties For Female Circumcision Following MN Case

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Starting in October, doctors and parents involved in female genital mutilation will face up to 15 years in prison under new Michigan laws.

Gov. Rick Snyder signed the legislation Tuesday, making Michigan the 26th state to ban the practice that is outlawed in the U.S. but is common for girls in some parts of the world.

Female circumcision or cutting already is a federal crime, punishable by five years in prison.

The Michigan laws also require increased public education and lengthen the statutes of limitations to file charges and lawsuits.

Six people from an India-based Muslim sect called Dawoodi Bohra have been charged in a genital mutilation case involving six girls at a suburban Detroit clinic. Two of the alleged victims are from Minnesota and four are from Michigan.

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  1. Hans Castorp says:

    Sounds good.

    And of course next they are going to ban male genital mutilation–right?

  2. A law that denies the same protection to male children would be unconstitutional, no?

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