Saturday, April 19, 2008

Yemeni Parliament votes down bill to outlaw female genital mutilation

We keep hearing from Islamic spokesmen this practice has nothing to do with Islam -- and yet Yemen now votes down attempts to outlaw it. Jordan did the same thing a few years ago on another practice that is supposed to be solely cultural: the Parliament voted down attempts to stiffen penalties for it, on Islamic grounds. And here a Yemeni pol explains that since religious authorities haven't forbidden genital mutilation, they can't very well outlaw it.

Yemen Times - SANA’A, April-13 — Preventing female circumcision and pre-marriage medical tests evoked turmoil and disagreement among Parliament members (MPs) in last week’s session.
The session ended with a unanimous agreement to cancel the term 3, which would prevent female circumcision, and delay the discussion of pre-marriage tests.
The two terms were part of a draft written by the Safe Motherhood Law Project, and introduced by the heath committee inside Parliament.
Najeb Ghanem, the Chairman of the Health Committee in Parliament, expressed his sorrow over the way Parliament discussed the two issues.
“These two topics are very important for guaranteeing women’s rights in Yemen,” he commented in a phone call to the Yemen Times after the session.
According to Ghanem, who belongs to the Islah party, most of the MPs who disagreed with the terms represent the conservative attitudes of most Yemeni citizens. “The committee is aware of the Yemeni conservative community’s positions on these issues. So we [the committee] suggested applying the law of emphasizing pre-marriage medical tests after ten years… that is after we carry out extensive awareness campaign to educate people about the importance of such tests.”
Zid Al-Shami, an MP who suggested delaying the approval of the two terms, confirmed that such topics are “sensitive and need more awareness.”
“I suggested canceling term number three, about preventing female circumcision, for many reasons. First, the term, which was written in the draft, included inappropriate and shameful sentences. Second, female circumcision exists in few regions in Yemen, like in Hodeidah and Hadramout, so it not common practice. And finally, there is still religious debate regarding the issue, so as we have no directives by the heads of religion to forbid female circumcision, we do not have the right to ban it,” Al-Shami explained...."

With thanks to Jihadwatch


  1. Dharambuddhi2:19 AM

    This is so informative! Your enthusiasm (or rather obsession) with the female sex organ really amazes me. Long live the vagina!

  2. dharambuddhi,
    Its about a cruel, barbaric, inhuman Islamic religious practice. Its about the perverted obsession of Muslims with sex and the female.
    People like you want to point the finger someplace else to evade the issue.

  3. Dhivehi Christian9:26 PM

    The perversion and depravity come from the cult-founder and author of the Koran- Mahomet himself. Dharambuddhi is advised to point his finger at Mahomet.

    Keep up the good work, Dhivehi Resistance! We'll have to catch up again for a chat!

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