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On Sunday July 3, 2017 a video of one year innocent baby girl named Salsa was leaked on social media where she was being circumcised in Indonesia.

FGM Female Genital Mutilation considered as a religious ritual in Indonesia.

A traditional healer Khadijah Ibraheem told to BBC world, “It needs to be done for her to enter Islam.”

She added, “If not, she can’t enter Islam.

“Things have changed since then,

“We used to cut a bit of the clitoris hood. And yes, there was a lot of blood. That used to be the right way to do it.”

UNICEF sources strongly condemned that act to a one year old innocent baby.

It is reported that FGM was declining worldwide but not in Indonesia, the world’s largest Muslim-majority country.

In accordance with the UNICEF report, nearly 60 million Indonesian women and girls were circumcised every year.

That ritual was more common among urban and wealthy families.

Relatives of Salsa Nano Yunus said, “If we don’t circumcise her, she will be mentally disabled.”

She added, “That’s why we do it.”

While the activists against that brutal act said, “It’s unnecessary and unsafe.”

Khorirah Ali, National Commission on Violence Against Women told Al-Jazeera Channel, “In Qur’an itself there is not mentioned at all about the obligation of female circumcision.”

She further stated, “For male, yes it’s obligatory, but for female there’s no verse, even there’s no word actually obliges women to docircumcision.”

Last year, a report showed that Indonesia is among the nations with worse record of FGM. The inclusion of Indonesia on the list, published on Friday, has raised the tally from 130 million circumcised girls and women in 29 countries estimated in 2014, albeit the study claimed that the prevalence of FGM has fallen significantly. According to the data, 14-year-old girls and below represent 44 million of those who have been cut, and Indonesia is among the three countries with the highest prevalence of FGM among this age group, along with Gambia and Mauritania. UNICEF Indonesia spokeswoman Kinanti Pinta Karana said the survey indicated that 13.4 million Indonesian girls aged 11 and below might have undergone FGM.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Correspondent: Syeda Faiza Bukhari

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