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Nine out of 10 Malay Muslims practise 'female circumcision': study

Nine out of 10 Malay Muslims practise 'female circumcision': study

Updated 7 December 2012, 16:38 AEDT

In Malaysia, there are reports the health ministry is developing guidelines to reclassify female genital mutilation as a medical practice.

In 2009, the Fatwa Committee of Malaysia's National Council of Islamic Religious Affairs ruled that "female circumcision" as it's become known, was obligatory for Muslims, but if harmful, must be avoided.

Recently, the University of Malaya surveyed more than 1000 Malay Muslim women. They found more than 90 per cent of the respondents had been circumcised, with the majority of them circumcising their daughters, if they had one, too.

Human rights activist Azrul Mohamad Khalib has written a scathing commentary, calling for the abolition of a practice which he says has no religious or medical benefits.

Presenter: Richard Ewart

Speaker: Azrul Mohamad Khalib, human rights activist and Communications & Resource Mobilisation Adviser of the SPRINT project with the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF)

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