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Female Genital Mutilation Act 2003

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1Offence of female genital mutilation

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(1)A person is guilty of an offence if he excises, infibulates or otherwise mutilates the whole or any part of a girl’s labia majora, labia minora or clitoris.

(2)But no offence is committed by an approved person who performs—

(a)a surgical operation on a girl which is necessary for her physical or mental health, or

(b)a surgical operation on a girl who is in any stage of labour, or has just given birth, for purposes connected with the labour or birth.

(3)The following are approved persons—

(a)in relation to an operation falling within subsection (2)(a), a registered medical practitioner,

(b)in relation to an operation falling within subsection (2)(b), a registered medical practitioner, a registered midwife or a person undergoing a course of training with a view to becoming such a practitioner or midwife.

(4)There is also no offence committed by a person who—

(a)performs a surgical operation falling within subsection (2)(a) or (b) outside the United Kingdom, and

(b)in relation to such an operation exercises functions corresponding to those of an approved person.

(5)For the purpose of determining whether an operation is necessary for the mental health of a girl it is immaterial whether she or any other person believes that the operation is required as a matter of custom or ritual.

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