The failure to tackle female genital mutilation (FGM) is a "national scandal" with as many as 170,000 victims in the UK, MPs have said.Funny how the BBC are only highlighting this now, guess it must be down to the fact that it's a Tory government that they can blame, they tend to ignore Labour governments wrecking the country.
Failures by ministers, police and other agencies have led to the "preventable mutilation of thousands of girls", the Home Affairs Committee said.
It blamed a "misplaced concern for cultural sensitivities" for inaction, and called for a national action plan.
The government said it was working to end "this terrible form of abuse".
The report called for greater anonymity for victims and protection orders to prevent girls from being taken abroad.
It's also amusing to see the excuse of concern over 'cultural sensitivities' which essentially meant that certain cultures were above the law because they were seen as 'better' than the indigenous one. A classic case of one law for them another for us.
No, the state, via law enforcement, doctors and social services failed these girls by making it very plain that if a young girl was found to be mutilated in such a way then the investigation would be thorough and those who aided and abetted the practice were either going to jail or being deported, though personally I would have opted for castration and deportation for any male involved and sterilisation and deportation for a woman. The practice is utterly vile and serves no medical purpose other than to prevent a mature woman's enjoyment of sex so she (in theory) won't stray. A certain religion of (not) peace likes this idea and it also has adherents in certain African tribes too who don't like the idea of a woman enjoying sex in case she finds that her husband is not terribly good at it and goes elsewhere. That sort of thinking is also at the root of stoning a woman for adultery but letting the male adulterer off with a warning.
And successive governments and their minions in the state allowed them to get away with it.
Now we have a problem where certain communities have been allowed to clump together to keep their own practices and have their own doctors covering for them.
Yes, it's a scandal, but there's a lot of blame to go around and it's not just the parents...