Two people have appeared in court in London charged with the female genital mutilation of a three-year-old girl which resulted in her having to be operated on in order that she wouldn’t die from blood loss.
A 42-year-old man and a woman, 36, each face five charges which, in addition to FGM, also include failing to protect a girl from the risk of genital mutilation and possession of extreme pornographic images of people having sex with animals.
According to the BBC:
They appeared at Thames magistrates court on Friday, but are not being named at this stage due to legal reasons. The pair, who both have addresses in east London, are each accused of committing FGM offences on 28 August last year.
The woman, a Ugandan national, is further accused of possessing an extreme pornographic image and of publishing videos of sexual activity with animals.
The man, from Ghana, faces a charge of possessing an extreme pornographic image and of publishing videos of sexual activity with animals. He is also accused of possessing indecent videos of a child, while the woman is accused of distributing an indecent video of children.
They were remanded in custody and are due to appear at the Old Bailey on 31 August.
Female genital mutilation has been a crime since 1985 in the United Kingdom, but the authorities have yet to secure a single conviction and mounted only a tiny number of unsuccessful prosecutions despite thousands of cases being treated by the NHS.
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