The society can cross any limit to ensure the so-called purity of a girl is maintained. Do you doubt that? You won’t doubt about it after knowing about Female Genital Mutilation.
Definition of Female Genital Mutilation
“Partial or total removal of the external female genitalia or other injury to the female genital organ for a non-medical reason.”
– by WHO, UNICEF and UNFPA.
How Female Genital Mutilation is Carried Out?
FGM isn’t carried out in a professional manner and this means that no one pays any heed to the safety of the girl. It is carried out in a traditional manner by an unprofessional person using a blade. Can you even imagine using a blade for removing a part of your body? On the top of it, using an anaesthesia is absolutely not necessary to carry out FGM. And let me tell you it’s not a one-time pain. The girl has to endure the same level of pain again a day before her marriage to experience her first sexual encounter. Once FGM is done, pain becomes a lifelong partner of the girl. FGM has both long term and short term consequences that affect adversely the health of a girl. There is no health benefit of FGM.
Short Term Complications Long Term Complications
Severe pain Recurrent bladder and urinary tract unfections
Tetanus or Sepsis Complications during childbirth
Urine retention Open sores in the genital region Injury to nearby genital tissue
Why and When Female Genital Mutilation is Carried Out?
FGM is carried out to make sure that the girl remains virgin till she is married. Doesn’t it sound weird that in order to satisfy the so-called notion of a good girl by the society, such a horrific crime is carried out? The society doesn’t even consider it as a crime. We are always made to believe that the respect of the family lies in the hand of a daughter. But it seems like the respect of the family lies in between the legs of a girl. Isn’t it funny?
This procedure of restricting the women’s sexuality is carried out even before the girl reaches her puberty. Most of the girl undergo the procedure of Female Genital Mutilation before they are five years old.
Reading and writing about Female Genital Mutilation is very easy. But will this really help the girls who go through the whole procedure of Female Genital Mutilation? I don’t think so. We need a bigger change and well you have a brain to think about the much-needed change! Every year February 6 is celebrated as the International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation. On this February 6, let us create awareness about Female Genital Mutilation.