Indonesian Authorities Attempt to Legitimize FGM

Girl undergoing FGM

Authorities in Indonesia have been criticised for attempting to “legitimise” female genital mutilation (FGM). According to Faiza Jama Mohamed, director of Equality Now in Nairobi, girls in the country are often forced to undergo the procedure when they are less than six weeks old, Women News Network reports. This, she said, is increasingly being carried out by “medical professionals in a supposedly safe environment”.


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About Asma Marwan

The Story of the Poetess Asma bint [daughter of] Marwan and her Death * There was a poetess [in Medina] who wrote a poem against Mohammed and his new way of life, Islam. Mohammed said, “Who will rid me of Marwan’s daughter?” One of his followers heard him and on that very night went to the woman’s home and killed her. The assassin was able to do the work in the dark as the woman slept. Her other children lay in the room, but her babe lay on her breast. The stealthy assassin removed the child and drove the knife into her with such force that he pinned her to the bed. In the morning, he went to Mohammed and told him [what he’d done]. Mohammed said, “You have helped Allah and his Apostle.” When asked about the consequences, Mohammed said, “Two goats won’t butt their heads together over this.” Mohammed turned to the people in the mosque. He said, “If you wish to see a man who has assisted Allah and his Prophet, look ye here.” Omar cried, “What, the blind Omeir?” “No,” said Mohammed, “call him Omeir the Seeing.” * from the Sira (the life of Mohammed) Source Texts Guillaume, A. 1955. The Life of Mohammad: A Translation of Bin Ishaq’s Sirat Rasul Allah Oxford: Oxford University Press, page 996. Muir, Sir William. 1923. The Life of Mohammad: From Original Sources Edinburgh: Reprint, John Grant, page 239.

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  1. Anggun Astuty

    This entire issue is overly over-rated. I am indonesian and i’ve been through FGM when I was a kid. There was no one force me -or my parents, because i was still a kid at that time- to gave me a FGM. It is actually just like circumcision for boys. Not that they take all the clitoris away. And it still works, nothing is different. The way they call it mutilations is the real over-rated part, subhanallah…I can’t believe this..this is beyond ridiculous