Female Genital Mutilation in Qeshm

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Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), known as “girls’ circumcision,” is still practiced in parts of the far south and west of Iran. The procedure, carried out by traditional circumcisers, involves partial or total removal of the external female genitalia, clitoris, for no medical reasons or health benefits. While no religious scripts prescribe the practice, a majority of Islamic scholars regard it as permissible. Most practitioners believe that FGM reduces a woman’s libido to help her resist “illicit” sexual acts and it prepares girls for adulthood after the removal of the “unclean” part. In this study, a sample of 400 women, 15 to 49 years old, was randomly selected to respond to 72 questions during a one on one conversation.

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