Female Genital Mutilation Solicitors LondonIf you or someone you know is in immediate danger, please call 999 and ask for the police.
Performing or attempting to perform FGM on girls in the UK is a criminal offence and punishable by a custodial sentence.
Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is a horrific crime which blights the life of thousands of females around the world. According to the NSPCC there are around 137,000 women and girls affected by FGM in England and Wales.
Contact our Female Genital Mutilation Solicitors in London
The right solicitor changes everything. Anglo Law Solicitors provides expert legal advice on Female Genital Mutilation.
Speak directly to a family solicitor now on 020 3741 9583 or complete our online contact form for your free consultation. For evening and weekend assistance, please call our family law solicitors on 07749 448362.
Anglo law solicitors serve client across the following areas:
The City of London, Westminster, Kensington & Chelsea, Southwark, Bishopsgate, Billingsgate, Canary Wharf, Spitalfields, Aldgate, Bethnal Green, Whitechapel, Tower Hamlets, Redbridge, Kent, Tunbridge Wells, West Malling, Chafford Hundred, Chelmsford, Brentwood, Epping & Loughton
At Anglo Law, we help women and girls who are potential victims of FGM obtain an FGM Protection Order. In addition, we can vigorously defend those who have been falsely accused of FGM and have had their children taken into care.
Urdu, Hindi and Punjabi are spoken fluently in our office. We can also arrange for interpreters if they are required.
What is FGM?
FGM refers to the practice in 30 countries in sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East of partial or total excision of the female external genitalia, for non-medical reasons on girls between young childhood and 15 years of age. FGM is carried out in the UK by migrants from these countries. According to the United Nations Population Fund (UNPF), it is estimated 200 million girls alive today have undergone FGM.
FGM is not particular to one type of religion, it is practiced by members of the Christian, Islamic, and Beta Israel (Ethiopian Jews) faiths. No religion endorses FGM.
There is no one type of FGM, rather there are four broad types:
- Type I (clitoridectomy): Partial or total removal of the clitoris
- Type II: (excision): Partial or total removal of the clitoris and the labia minora, with or without excision of the labia majora.
- Type III (infibulation): Narrowing of the vagina with a covering seal, by cutting and re-positioning the labia minora and/or the labia majora.
- Type IV: All other harmful procedures to the female genitalia for non-medical purposes, for example: pricking, piercing, incising, scraping or cauterisation.
What damage can FGM do?
FGM is often carried out by unskilled people in unhygienic conditions. Apart from the psychological trauma and shame suffered, victims are at risk of experiencing pain, incontinence, problems during childbirth, scarring, blood-loss, infection, and sexual dysfunction.
If multiple girls undergo FGM where the same knife is used, there is a risk of blood-transferred infections such as Hepatitis C and HIV being contracted.
Why is FGM performed?
The common theme in all cultures which practice FGM is that of patriarchy and gender inequality. It is carried out to control female sexuality. The practice is thought to ensure virginity before marriage and fidelity afterward, and to increase male sexual pleasure. In some communities, the external female genitalia are considered dirty and ugly and are removed, ostensibly to promote hygiene and aesthetic appeal.
Is FGM illegal in the UK?
The Female Genital Mutilation Act 2003 (covering England, Wales, and Northern Ireland) makes FGM an illegal practice in the UK. Those found guilty may face a prison sentence of between 5 and 14 years.
Section 2 of the Female Genital Mutilation Act 2003 exempts from criminal action registered medical practitioners or midwives who performs a surgical operation on a female for the benefit of her physical or mental health or in connection with labour.
Can I seek protection against FGM from the courts?
If you or someone you know is at risk of FGM you can apply for an FGM Protection Order. You can apply for a protection order even if you (or the person you know) are already a victim of FGM. This will ensure you or the victim will not be prevented from returning to the UK if are overseas. You will need to attend a hearing at court and give evidence. This will be done in private and you will be protected at all times.
Shabana and her team can assist you with applying for an FGM Protection Order, collecting evidence, and presenting it at court. Your safety and wellbeing is our top priority and you can be assured of being treated with the utmost respect and kindness by all our staff.
What if I am falsely accused of committing or planning to commit FGM?
It can take months to investigate a suspected case of FGM. Whilst the investigation is being completed, your children may be placed in care.
In 2017, the BBC’s Newsnight programme uncovered evidence of several children being placed in care based on what became false allegations of FGM against their parents. If this has happened to you, our family solicitors can swiftly work with the local authority and present a robust defence against the allegations. Whilst the investigation takes place, we will fight tenaciously for contact rights so you can see your children
Please call our office on 020 3871 8443 to make an appointment with Shabana or one of her team to receive legal advice related to female genital mutilation.