“It’s just a little. Just an incision, no excision.” So says Dr. Patimoh Umasa, a female doctor who runs a small clinic in the Muslim quarter of the town of Yala, Thailand. There she performs what she calls female circumcision, better known as female genital mutilation (FGM), on Muslim girls.
Although Thailand is majority Buddhist, in the predominantly Muslim south, female genital mutilation is endemic.
Thai authorities have turned a blind eye to what they consider a cultural practice rather than a health issue. Although there have not been independent investigations, midwives and doctors report that almost every girl is cut.
Dr. Sudarat Teeraworn, a public health supervisor for maternal health in the Southern Yala Province, said “There are no laws about it because there are…
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