Woman sentenced in UK court for female genital mutilation

The first woman in Britain to be convicted of female genital mutilation has been sentenced to 13 years in prison. (AFP)
Updated 08 March 2019

Woman sentenced in UK court for female genital mutilation

  • The 37-year-old Ugandan woman is not being named in order to protect her child's identity
  • She denied guilt and claimed her daughter suffered an accidental injury

LONDON: The first woman in Britain to be convicted of female genital mutilation has been sentenced to 13 years in prison.
She received 11 years for the genital mutilation of her three-year-old daughter and two years for possession of extreme pornography.
The 37-year-old Ugandan woman is not being named in order to protect her child's identity.
Judge Philippa Whipple said the woman was guilty of child abuse.
"It's a barbaric practice and a serious crime. It's an offence which targets women, particularly inflicted when they are young and vulnerable," the judge said.
The 37-year-old Ugandan woman had denied guilt and claimed her daughter suffered an accidental injury.
Jurors at London's Central Criminal Court concluded the girl had been cut deliberately.


Suicide bomber kills 18 in Afghan capital

Updated 24 October 2020

Suicide bomber kills 18 in Afghan capital

  • There has been an upsurge in violence between Taliban and Afghan forces in the country
  • The US signed a peace deal with the Taliban in February, opening up a path toward withdrawing American troops from the conflict

KABUL: A suicide bomber struck near an education centre in the Afghan capital on Saturday, killing at least 18 people in the latest attack to rock the conflict-wracked country.
Violence on the ground has spiked in recent weeks despite the Taliban and the Afghan government holding peace talks in Qatar to end the country's grinding war.
The suicide attack, which also wounded 57, happened late afternoon at the centre, which offers training and courses for students in higher education in a western district of Kabul.
"A suicide bomber wanted to enter the education centre," Tareq Arian, spokesman for the interior ministry, said in a statement.
"But he was identified by the centre's guards after which he detonated his explosives in an alley."
He said the attack had left at least 18 people dead and 57 wounded.
"I was standing about 100 metres from the centre when a big blast knocked me down," said local resident Ali Reza, who had gone to hospital with his cousin who was wounded in the blast.
"Dust and smoke was all around me. All those killed and wounded were students who wanted to enter the centre."
Daesh claimed responsibility for the attack.
Residents in several districts of western Kabul belong to the minority Shiite Hazara community, often targeted by Daesh militants. 
In the past, extremists have targeted several education centres and other facilities in the area.
In May, a group of gunmen launched a brazen daylight attack on a hospital in west Kabul that left several mothers dead. The gunmen were shot dead after hours of fighting with security forces.