Excellent article from The Freethinker …
“Dr Antony Lempert , above, of the Secular Medical Forum, has welcomed a High Court judge’s ruling against a ‘controlling and violent’ Muslim who wanted his children circumcised.
After Mrs Justice Roberts said that the boys should be able to make the choice themselves, Lempert described the ruling as a small but:
Welcome step towards safeguarding children from forced genital cutting.
Religious requirements, he added:
Should not be allowed to override a person’s most fundamental right to grow up with an intact body and to make their own choices about permanent bodily modifications. It is a procedure that permanently removes healthy, erogenous and functional tissue from the most intimate part of a person’s body without that person’s consent and for no medical reason.
That it should take a parental disagreement in court for a child to be protected from forced genital cutting remains a serious concern from a child safeguarding perspective.”