A man has been sentenced to 10 years in jail for the genital mutilation of his two-year-old daughter, in what is said to be first such case in the US.
Khalid Adem, an Ethiopian immigrant, was found guilty of aggravated battery and cruelty to children by the court in the state of Georgia.
Prosecutors said he used scissors to remove his daughter’s clitoris in 2001.
A US women’s rights group described the verdict as a victory against female genital mutilation worldwide.
I’ve spent a few hours reading about this case and…folks, as much as I am a feminist-in-stilettos, there is a lot wrong with this case, not that you would know it by reading a totally hysterical article that is dependably posted on CNN. The man, Ato Kahlid Adem, was going through an exceptionally nasty divorce and custody case from a South African woman who only noticed that her daughter was circumcised after the separation? And the vivid details with which the seven-year-old girl remembers what happened when she was two unsettles me.
I got into one of the biggest fights of my life with a white, liberal, “I am here to save Africa” woman about FMG. She wanted to “understand” the phenomenon, while I eventually ended up suggesting she have her clitoris hacked off to get the full scope of the matter. There is nothing to “understand” about FMG. It is brutal. It is inhumane and there is absolutely no fucking excuse for it.
But I don’t think this guy did it to his daughter.