ASSIST News Service
The radical group ISIS is seeking to impose female genital mutilation (FGM) in Mosul, a top UN official in Iraq told the BBC. The edict stated that all females aged 11 to 46 in Mosul must undergo the procedure, UN official Jacqueline Badcock reported noting the extraordinary pronouncement was of grave concern.
Some African, Middle Eastern and Asian communities practice female circumcision in the belief it prepares women for adulthood and marriage. The procedure poses many health risks to women, including severe bleeding, problems urinating, infections, infertility and increased risk of newborn deaths in childbirth, according to the World Health Organization. The UN General Assembly passed a resolution in 2012 calling for all member states to prohibit the practice.