Forced Gential Mutilation of 120 Women and Girls in Uganda Sparks Public Debate
RH Reality Check: Despite a new law banning the practice, 120 women were forced to undergo female genital mutilation in Uganda.
"Late last week, an estimated 120 young women of the Sabiny ethnic group in Uganda were forced to undergo severe forms of genital mutilation despite a new law banning the practice. The mass "circumcision" involving the removal of the clitoris and other parts of their genitalia took place in public with crowds looking on. The fact that leaders of the Sabiny carried out the genital mutilation despite the new law--in fact in open defiance of it--has sparked public debate about the limitations of legal strategies operating in a vacuum."