Police in Egypt have arrested the
parents and aunt of a 14-year-old girl, Nada Abdul Maksoud, who died while
undergoing female genital mutilation (FGM).
The doctor who allegedly
performed the procedure in the province of Asyut was also held.
All four persons involved in the
incidence were detained after the victim’s uncle alerted the authorities.
FGM was banned in Egypt in 2008
but the country still has one of the highest rates of the practice in the
According to the United Nations
children’s agency, Unicef, 87% of girls and women aged 15 to 49 years in Egypt
have undergone FGM, with 50% of Egyptians believing it is a religious
In the latest case, Abdul Maksoud
suffered complications after the surgery at a private clinic in the Upper
Egyptian governorate of Asyut.
The girl’s death caused an outcry
from rights groups in Egypt.
The National Council for
Childhood and Motherhood and the National Council for Women also urged
authorities to prosecute those responsible.
Egypt after criminalising FGM in
2008, increased penalties for those carrying out the procedures in 2016
following the death of a teenage girl.