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Female Genital Mutilation: A Call For Eradication And Empowerment

Shreyashi Raj, LLM, Chanakya National Law University, Patna


Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is among the practices carried out in the name of tradition that violate basic human rights. This harmful practice involves the non-medical removal of external female genitalia, leading to grave consequences for the physical, mental, reproductive, and sexual health of young girls and women. The author presents data on FGM's prevalence worldwide and in India, discussing its implications for human and women's rights while summarizing the available legal remedies against it in India.

However, the author highlights a concerning issue Indian governments and courts do not acknowledge the prevalence of FGM in the country, resulting in the absence of specific laws to ban the practice. The author advocates for the urgent recognition of FGM's prevalence across the nation and emphasizes the necessity for distinct and stringent laws. Without such legal measures, the practice is likely to persist without impediment. Addressing this matter promptly is crucial to safeguard the rights and well-being of girls and women affected by FGM in India.


Indian Journal of Law and Legal Research

Abbreviation: IJLLR

ISSN: 2582-8878


Accessibility: Open Access

License: Creative Commons 4.0

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