Parliament’s powerful Home Affairs Select Committee is to challenge ministers and the police over why charges have never been brought against ‘cutters’ or families who arrange the surgery.
Prosecutors claim they are close to bringing the first FGM court case since the law was changed in 1985.
NHS staff, teachers and social workers will also be grilled in Parliament about what more they could do to curb the practice.
Committee chairman Keith Vaz said: ‘It is astonishing that since FGM was made a crime in 1985 nobody has been prosecuted.
‘This is a concern both to the diaspora communities and also the NHS and it is important that light is cast on this practice and action is taken,’ he told the Evening Standard.
‘That is why this committee is launching an inquiry into FGM. We are keen to hear from any victims and those who have been affected by this practice.’
‘I am keen to hear from people about their experiences and the committee is prepared to take evidence from anyone so that we can get to the truth.’
The committee’s call for evidence will ask for information about how widespread FGM is and what more could be done to stop it.
Last month FGM campaigner Leyla Hussein was left in tears after an experiment intended to assess the impact of political correctness on the fight against cutting saw 19 people sign a fake pro-FGM petition within 30 minutes.
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