An estimated 170,000 British women are victims of female genital mutilation (FGM), and 65,000 girls are at risk, according to the House of Common’s powerful Home Affairs Select committee. The committee believes prosecutors should “send a message” that Britain takes the crime seriously.
The Mirror reports that MPs heard evidence that girls under the age of eight were being subjected to FGM. Despite the practice being a crime since 1985, there have been no convictions.
The committee recommended there should be anonymity for the victim, and that the government should consider making failure to report it a crime in itself. The committee also want doctors to ask questions about FGM during antenatal interviews, and called for teachers to be given additional training.