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Female Circumcision Is Becoming More Popular in Malaysia

Female Circumcision Is Becoming More Popular in Malaysia

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Sharia Watch



"I'm circumcised because it is required by Islam," she says. The Malay word she uses is wajib, meaning any religious duty commanded by Allah. Syahiera is aware of how female circumcision is perceived in the West, but rejects any notion that it's inhumane. "I don't think the way we do it here is harmful," she says. "It protects young girls from premarital sex as it is supposed to lower their sex drive. But I am not sure it always works." She giggles at this thought.

Female circumcision, as you may know, involves surgically removing part or all of a woman's clitoris, which  (FGM) by the World Health Organization. FGM has  whatsoever, and a WHO fact sheet says that it "reflects deep-rooted inequality between the sexes, and constitutes an extreme form of discrimination against women." In 2012 the United Nations General Assembly unanimously passed a  calling it a "human rights violation" and urged nations to ban the practice.