A Detroit doctor is facing life in prison after being charged…

A Detroit doctor is facing life in prison after being charged with performing female genital mutilation on two young girls.

Defence lawyers will argue female genital mutilation is a religious right in the first ever federal case on the practice in the US. The defendants are part of a religious and cultural community called Dawoodi Bohra, an Islamic sect based in India, which is accused of practicing FGM.

Taking a knife to a child’s genitals for non-medical reasons is self-evidently violent child abuse and needs to be cluster-banned immediately.