A young mother knew she shouldn’t have undergone female genital mutilation when she was asked about the barbaric practice soon after giving birth, a court heard.
Dr Dhanuson Dharmasena, 32, is standing trial accused of carrying out the illegal procedure on the woman shortly after helping deliver her first child at the Whittington Hospital in north London.
It is the first prosecution of its kind in the UK.
Specialist female genital mutilation (FGM) midwife Joy Clarke told London’s Southwark Crown Court that when she spoke to the woman about the barbaric practice after she gave birth, the mother replied: “The law means I can’t do this to my children.”
The woman, 24 at the time, first underwent FGM aged six in Somalia, the court heard. The highly dangerous procedure left her at risk of infection, hemorrhage and even death.
The woman, known only as AB, gave birth to her first child on November 24, 2012.
Dr Dharmasena was seen carrying out the re-stitching of her labia by another midwife and an investigation was launched by the hospital trust.
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