Target: Chief Justice Adly Mansour
Goal: End the mutilation of female genitalia in Egypt
With a new government in power, Egypt has finally decided to prosecute the doctor and father responsible for the death of 13-year-old Sohair al-Bata’a, who died from female genital mutilation. While the practice was banned in 2008, many poor families pressure young girls and women to have the procedure, and al-Bata’a was one of those girls. No one has since been prosecuted for this procedure. Now that the doctor has finally been put on trial, it is time for this inhumane and barbaric practice to end.
Dr. Raslan Fadl will be the first to be put on trial for female genital mutilation, the first trial since the ban went into effect in 2008. His patient, Sohair al-Bata’a, was under his care when she died from the operation. A medical report said that the young girl was being treated for genital warts and had an allergic reaction to penicillin, but another report stated that al-Bata’a experienced a sharp drop in blood pressure from shock trauma; it’s widely known that this procedure is an agonizing one. With the help of local rights groups, the international organization Equality Now, and Egypt’s National Population Council, the country’s chief prosecutor, has decided to reopen the case. This is the first step to obliterating the practice of removing female genitalia.
Unfortunately, this cruel practice of removing a woman’s clitoris and labia remains strong in families who are poor and receive little education. Many believe that the procedure protects a woman’s chastity and prevents her from sexual deviancy. Those who support the procedure say that it’s a necessary religious mandate and shouldn’t be banned. However, it has been proven that there are no health benefits to female genital mutilation and women can no longer receive pleasure from having sex.
This procedure is done in many private clinics and must be stopped. Doctors are not supposed to harm their patients in such a cruel way, and those who wish to continue this practice must be prosecuted. Sign this petition and show your support. Ensure that girls and women don’t have to go through this agonizing and inhumane procedure.
Dear Chief Justice Adly Mansour,
It has been a year since Sohair al-Bata’a has died from a procedure that removed her clitoris and labia. I realize that is through the support of local rights groups and your country’s National Population Council that this case has been reopened and the doctor will be standing trial for his actions. While I understand that al-Bata’a’s family does not support the prosecution of the doctor or the father, both must stand trial. The doctor disobeyed a ban on this practice and the father was wrong to pressure his daughter to endure an agonizing operation.
I hope that the doctor will be jailed for his actions, as he not only defied the ban, but lost a patient in the process. Private clinics in Egypt need to realize that this practice does not reap any health benefits and is inherently inhumane. Please ensure that the doctor and father are prosecuted to the full extent of the law and that this practice will stop.
[Your Name Here]
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