Religious views of parents should not be carved into their children’s genitals…
Earlier this week, a top Family Division judge suggested that young children should not be circumcised until they are old enough to make the decision for themselves.
The Hon. Mrs Justice Roberts made the assertion during a landmark case in which a Muslim father and non-Muslim mother disagreed over whether or not their sons, aged four and six, should be circumcised in accordance with the Islamic faith.
The father, a 36-year old Algerian man, told both his ex-partner and the court that circumcision went to the very core of his identity as a Muslim. He said that “circumcision has both a religious and a social importance which overrides any slight risk which the procedure carries.”
Justice Roberts, who refused to make a circumcision order after analysing both arguments, said: “First and foremost, this is a once and for all, irreversible procedure. There is no guarantee that these boys will wish to continue to observe the Muslim faith with the devotion demonstrated by their father although that may very well be their choice.
Should religious circumcision be banned?
I think the reasons given for this ruling apply to all boys in danger of MGM done for their parents’ “religious” rites, that is parents should wait until the child is old enough to decide – I would suggest eighteen years old with medical counselling from a non-religious medical practitioner…
A father failed in his High Court bid to have his two young sons circumcised in accordance with his strict Muslim faith. Top female Family Division judge Mrs Justice Roberts agreed with their mother to leave it for the boys aged six and four to make up their minds when they are older whether they wish to have it done. The 36-year-old Algerian born dad who is separated from the 34-year-old mother, who grew up in Devon, told the judge that circumcision went to the very core of his identity as a Muslim. “There is no guarantee that these boys will wish to continue to observe the Muslim faith” He said all his family were circumcised and would feel “devastated” if his application were not granted.
Not the Father’s body – not the Father’s choice – even if it is usual to sexually abuse boys in his family…
UK April 2016 Telegraph: Circumcision choice should be left until children are old enough to decide for themselves, Judge suggests
UK April 2016: Muslim father loses circumcision court battle over sons
No cutting without informed consent.