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Infibulation – the inhuman tradition that is not talked about enough

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Female circumcision is the partial or complete removal of the external genitalia without the medical need to do so

About 200 million girls and women who now live on planet Earth have undergone the extremely painful procedure of female circumcision, also called infibulation.

Female circumcision is the partial or complete removal of the external genitalia without the medical need to do so. This operation is commonly referred to as “female genital mutilation” and “female genital mutilation.”

The essence of the operation is that the labia majora are sutured in such a way that only a tiny hole remains, through which urine and menstrual blood are difficult to pass.

In this case, the clitoris and the external labia are often completely amputated and the internal – partially. Due to the deep incision made during the operation, a noticeable scar is formed after healing, which actually completely covers the vulva.

It is said that infibulation is the ideal way to preserve a girl’s virginity until marriage, but it is necessary to perform another operation after reaching the age of marriage so that she can have sex.

Some peoples have a custom according to which on the wedding night the husband takes a knife and with it cuts his wife’s crotch and only then has sexual intercourse with her. Once conceived, it is sutured again.

When it is time for the woman to give birth, the vaginal area is cut again so that the baby can come out, and sutured again after birth.

Usually such interventions are extremely painful for women. Because they are all performed without anesthesia, women in labor lose consciousness from pain.

Death from complications is not uncommon. The instruments are not disinfected, hence the risk of tetanus and other infections increases. Sometimes this barbarism leads to infertility.

The causes of female genital mutilation vary by region, change over time, and are a combination of family and community-specific sociocultural factors.

This practice is usually justified by the following most common reasons:

• In areas where such a practice is part of the customs, incentives for its continuation are social pressure and fear of social rejection. In some communities, female genital mutilation is almost mandatory and the need for it is not disputed.

• These surgeries are often considered a necessary part of a girl’s upbringing and a way to prepare for adulthood and marriage.

• Often the motives for performing these operations are views on proper sexual behavior. The purpose of the operations is to ensure the preservation of virginity before marriage.

• In many communities, the practice of genital mutilation in women is believed to help suppress libido and thus help them resist extramarital sex.

• The practice of female genital mutilation is associated with cultural ideals of femininity and modesty, in which girls are clean and beautiful.

• Although religious texts do not speak of such practices, those who perform such operations often believe that religion supports the practice.

In most communities, this practice is considered a cultural tradition, which is often used as an argument for its continuation.

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