Egypt: Court Convicts Dr. of Manslaughter in Landmark FGM Case

From Honor Diaries

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Sohair el-Batea, 13, the girl who died of injuries sustained while Raslan Fadly performed FGM on her.

 

 

An Egyptian doctor has been sentenced to two years and three months imprisonment with hard labor for manslaughter and performing FGM.

An Egyptian doctor has been convicted on appeal of performing female genital mutilation (FGM) on a 13 year old girl, who later died from her injuries. Originally the judge acquitted Raslan Fadl, a medical doctor and an Islamic cleric, but the prosecution team appealed and won the case.

In today’s verdict Raslan Fadl was sentenced to two years imprisonment with hard labor for manslaughter and an additional three months for performing FGM.

This is a landmark case in Egypt as it is the first time a doctor has been found guilty and sentenced for performing FGM.

FGM is the ritual removal of some or all of the external female genitalia. Some of the immediate complications include fatal bleeding, anaemia and acute urinary retention. Longer term complications vary depending on the type of FGM performed, but can include obstruction to the menstrual flow, painful urination, infections, incontinence, pain during sexual intercourse and infertility.

Sohair el-Batea, a gifted 13- year old girl from a Nile Delta village, died in June 2013 after the procedure was performed on her.

Sohail’s father received a three month prison sentence for forcing her to undergo the procedure.

In the original verdict, despite evidence from medical reports provided by Egypt’s forensic authority that proved that Sohair has been subjected to FGM, the judge in the case ignored the reports, according to Reda el-Danbouki, one of the lawyers involved in the case. Similarly, the judge ignored a decision by the health ministry ordering the doctor’s clinic to be shut down for violating medical practices.

Instead, the judge in the town of Aga, where the case was heard, merely wrote an acquittal verdict in the court ledger, giving no reason for his decision. The verdict was not announced in the courtroom.

Reda Eldanbouki, one of the lawyers handling the case had the following to say about the sentence and the landmark precedent set by the verdict:

1) Did you get any death threats during the case?

“I received a lot of threats. Today I got more than 6 phone calls from unknown numbers threatening to kill and kidnap me and my family.”

2) How many women contacted you to complain about FGM?

“Now lots of girls are calling me so I can save them from circumcision and mothers are requesting that I help convince their husbands and their mothers-in-law to refuse circumcision.”

3) What do you think about the appeals court judge and did you have any problems or criticisms of the previous judge?

“The appeals court judge is an understanding, educated and enlightened man and his verdict was according to the documents and the papers. The previous judge didn’t care much and he was influenced by his Islamic education, without any understanding. He was doing things according to the sharia and the law together but he didn’t quite comprehend the concept of violence against women.”

4) Are you going to continue to represent women in cases of circumcision?

“Yes, I shall continue to fight for the rights of every woman, and I will fight circumcision and oppose it.”

5) What is your message to the Egyptian nation, to the Arab world and to the world as a whole?

“The message that I want to deliver to the world is to protect your girls, let them go with their heads held high. Circumcision has negative affects on the physical and mental health of the woman. The honor of the daughter is not only in the pelvic region. Everything about circumcision only damages. It’s a bad custom and performing it is not God’s work. Leave your daughters to be healthy and whole.”

Find out more about FGM HERE

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In Egypt, 90% (27.2 million) of women have undergone FGM! This is according to “Egypt- Statistics” UNICEF.

This is a step forward in the right direction! Both the father and the Doctor both will serve time…..though the father should have received more than just 3 months worth, IMHO! Unfortunately it took her death for anything to be done about it.

Reda Eldanbouki is one brave soul!

~Blessed B~

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13 Responses to Egypt: Court Convicts Dr. of Manslaughter in Landmark FGM Case

  1. Kathy says:

    I can’t even get my head around the idea that this is an acceptable practice, so the punishment for it isn’t nearly severe enough, IMO.

    For this to be a landmark case because someone was finally punished tells us just how brutal and barbaric these people are and have been for so long. Hard to believe in this day and age.

    • Blessed B. says:

      I know! I can’t either! If you go into the link on FGM at the bottom of the article…..you’ll find that it comes with life long problems attached….this is more than just cutting some skin off that is not really needed ( as in male circumcision).

      There is no doubt in my mind that mohammhead spoke to a demon or the Devil himself …..

  2. Bill says:

    How about whacking off about 2 inches from the guys involved?

    • CW says:

      Sounds good to me. That’s probably all they’ve got, anyway.

    • Blessed B. says:

      That has my vote! Let’s add in an electric cattle prod every 15 mins too!

    • upaces88 says:

      Barbaric? Nope! KARMA is an ancient word for good or for evil…In his case “EVIL.”
      The scales need to be balanced somehow. That poor young lady never had a chance.
      He should be hung up by his balls upside down.

      • Blessed B. says:

        Or…..have them nailed to a stump inside a wood shed and give him a rusty tin can lid…..set the outside on fire and tell him that he can either die in the fire or free himself with the lid…..whatever happens will be Allah’s will!

  3. Grouchy says:

    Thank You for doing this post, B.B. It is a very sadly under-reported aspect of this heathen ideology, as is so-called “honor killing”.

    How has islam survived this long??? Because to leave it carries a death sentence. AND exoneration for the executioner.

    • Blessed B. says:

      You’re welcome Grouchy. Islam is going to have to come into the 21st Century….. these things just can’t keep going on.

      The muslim women of “Honor Diaries” do a great service informing all about the atrocities committed against women. Muslim women who want islam to change it’s ideology.

  4. Clyde says:

    Agree with Bill. Whack THEIR pee-pees and see how much THEY like it. The doctor doing it is bad enough, but the FATHER ordering it ? That Islam is ONE effed up “religion”.

    • Blessed B. says:

      This is not a “Religion”…it is a cult. When one is threatened that if they leave they will be killed; that they are not to make friends with others outside the faith; making fun of the prophet who started the cult can get you killed….. nope, not a religion in the least sense. It’s a cult! A women hating one at that!