More than 5,000 new cases of FGM between 2016 and 2017

There were 5,391 newly recorded cases of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) reported in England from April 2016 to March 2017, according to the UK’s National Health Service (NHS).

The FGM statistics, which have been published by NHS Digital, also revealed that there were a total of 9,179 in the same period where FGM was identified or a medical procedure for FGM was undertaken.

According to the statistics, women and girls born in Somalia made up more than one-third (35 per cent or 875 cases) of newly recorded cases of FGM where the individual has a known country of birth.

It was also found that, of the newly recorded cases, 112 involved women and girls who were born in the UK.

In 57 cases, the practice was known to have been carried out in the UK.

Most women and girls reporting that they had undergone FGM said they were between the ages of five and nine when it took place. According to NHS Digital, this represents 44 per cent of the total number of cases from any country, where the age at the time of undertaking was known.ADNFCR-2094-ID-801837633-ADNFCR