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FGM remains a hidden crime, say MPs

Female genital mutilation (FGM) is a hidden crime and a ‘national scandal’, MPs have warned. 

Female genital mutilation (FGM) is a hidden crime and a ‘national scandal’, MPs have warned.

Though illegal in the UK since 1985, no one has ever been prosecuted for FGM. Under laws rolled out last year, nurses, midwives, doctors and teachers have a mandatory duty to report FGM cases in under-18s to police.

Now a new report from the Commons home affairs select committee described the absence of a successful prosecution for an FGM offence as ‘beyond belief’.

Ignoring responsibility

Yet also of concern to the committee are reports some clinicians are ‘ignoring’ their legal duty to report cases.

‘We are alarmed by reports that some clinicians are ignoring the requirement to record data on the basis that they do not recognise its purpose,’ say MPs.

‘We expect NHS employers and the Royal Colleges to take a hard line against such


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