Egypt court agrees to hear appeal on FGM acquittal verdict

A counselor holds up cards used to educate women about FGM in Upper Egypt- Minya. (File photo: Reuters)

An Egypt court accepted on Thursday to hear an appeal by prosecutors after a November acquittal of two men – a doctor and the father of a girl, who were previously charged with committing female genital mutilation that led to the 13-year-old’s death, the local website Ahram Online reported Friday.

On Nov. 20, a court in Dakahliya ruled that the doctor, Raslan Fadl, and the father of Soheir el-Batea were not guilty.

While Egypt criminalized FGM in 2008, the practice is still widespread in Egypt in both Muslim and Christian families, especially in rural areas, according to the news website.

Batea’s case is considered to be the first time an Egypt court looked into FGM.

 

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