Switzerland cracks down on female genital mutilation

Switzerland has vowed to clamp down on female genital mutilation (FGM).

The European country's Senate agreed to ask the government to amend a criminal law surrounding the practice, reports Swiss Info.

Anyone found guilty of carrying out FGM, or encouraging a woman to undergo it, could face up to ten years in prison or a fine, under the proposed amendments.

These punishments will apply whether the practice is carried out in Switzerland or abroad.

Justice minister Simonetta Sommaruga said it was vital more awareness was raised about FGM and that efforts to prevent it were stepped up, reports the news provider.

Recently, Ireland called for the reintroduction of legislation to prohibit FGM.

Under the new law, which was drafted by the former Irish government, it would be illegal to carry out the practice in the European country or take girls back to their own country for it to be conducted.