FGM revealed to be widespread in Kerala

Female genital mutilation (FGM) is still being carried out in several parts of Kerala in India, including Thiruvananthapuram, even though it is being labelled a criminal offence, it has been reported. 

According to Sahiyo - an organisation working to stop the practice - FGM is still being performed in some hospitals in Kozhikode and Malappuram in the state. 

It was also revealed that the procedure is being carried out in Thiruvananthapuram via intermediaries and agents that are surfacing on several popular online forums. 
 
Currently in India, any form of FGM, if it is performed for non-medical reasons, is illegal. Yet despite this, it continues to be practised across the country. The organisation revealed that the procedure can be performed illegally for around 6,000 - 8,000 Indian rupees at many top hospitals in the state capital. 

In addition to this, FGM was found to be available for only 4,000 Indian rupees at a clinic by the coastline in Kozhikode. Over the years, many reports have pointed towards this clinic as a place famous for FGM undertaken at a low price. 

Often, newly wed women accompanied by a guardian will visit the clinic as it is allegedly advised by doctors and staff that the procedure is healthy and improves women’s sex lives.

Elsewhere, in hospitals in more metropolitan areas such as Bengaluru, Chennai, Mumbai and Delhi, the procedure can be done for over 28,000 rupees. 

The Muslim Youth League state general secretary P K Firoz, commented: "It is not at all an Islamic practice and it does not have the sanction of the religion. 

“We have not heard about it being practised in Kerala. We will strongly oppose any attempt to bring such barbaric practices into the state.”

Since the 14th century FGM has been custom in a number of African communities but is now banned in 24 African countries. In western countries, FGM is strictly forbidden with the UK and US having harsh laws against the practice. ADNFCR-2094-ID-801839395-ADNFCR