We have come a long way from our barbaric lifestyle to a sophisticated civilian life. But there are some parts in the world which are still fixated at the former. This write-up is about bringing changes in the society here a man condemn practice female genital mutilation which is the most horrendous act today.
Women, since one can trace their memory, have been subjected to inequalities and torture. They have been considered as the inferior gender, so much so that they continue to fight for their rights till date. Out of the various atrocities inflicted upon women, one of the most gruesome is the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM).
Female genital mutilation, also called female circumcision is modern-day horror. It involves the customary removal of some or all parts of a woman’s external genitalia, using objects such as knives and blades or anything even remotely sharp that does the job. Children as young as six, seven or eight are lured into a dark, secluded place where their clitoris is cut off.
The most disturbing fact about FGM is that it is women themselves who deprive other women of the greatest gift bestowed upon them. These women see it as an honorable job and fear that not mutilating the genitals will expose their daughters and granddaughters to sexual experiences.
It is a common practice in the third world countries of Africa and some tribal societies. However, back home in India too, it is well-heard of. Its roots are buried deep in gender inequality, controlling women’s sexuality and thrusting the notion of purity, modesty, and beauty. The city of Mumbai which houses people with big dreams is infested with untrained midwives who continue to blotch young girls and women from the Bohra community, a subsect of Shi’a. These people consider the clitoris as an unwanted part of the human body or a source of sin.
Female genital mutilation scars a woman for life, affecting her health drastically. The effects include recurrent infections, difficulty in urinating and passing menstrual flow with the improper use of sanitization and lack of proper knowledge. This ruthless act leaves no stone unturned to question the integrity of women.
It is so cruel that the World Health Organisation (WHO) classifies FGM as a violation of human rights of girls and women. Minors are it’s victims too and, thus it is a violation of the rights of children as well. In 2016, the UNICEF estimated that 200 million women living in 30 countries have undergone this procedure. This is the price they had to pay for their innocence. And maybe, this is the reason innocence is getting washed out from the face of the earth and cruelty is becoming rampant.
There was a slight glimmer of hope when 17 Bohra women filed a petition, calling for a law banning FGM in India. However, the Indian government refuted the report at a press release from the Ministry for Women and Child Development. Not only this, the ministry even denied it’s a presence in the country, claiming that practices like female genital mutilation are not to be found anywhere in India.
Conditioned by the age-old patriarchy, the ghastly act of female circumcision is radicalized by the idea to protect women from being disloyal to their marriage and preventing them from experiencing pleasure without a man. While the world is climbing up the ladder of modernization and sophistication, we are still figuring out how to curtail the rights of women. After more than seven decades of gaining independence, are we really free? How would you feel if you were made to go through an irreversible change in your genitals at a young age?
Barring someone of their rights is ‘the’ most inhumane thing someone can do. Women form fifty-percent of the world’s population but do they get the same treatment as their male counterparts? The answer is a clear-cut no.
Written by Kavya Mukhija, a student of Psychology, a writer, a calligraphy artist, and a creative content creator. She loves traveling and exploring new places. Always dressed with a smile, she considers spreading happiness a good deed. Last and the least, she is a woman with a disability who believes that more than the disability, it is a negative perception towards the disability which is disabling.
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