Genital mutilation practice questioned by SC

The Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice Dipak Mishra while hearing a Public Interest Litigation challenging the practice of genital mutilation observed that there was no rationale to make girls undergo it for non medical reasons. This practice was being followed by the Dawoodi Bohra Muslim community.

The Court wanted to know what is the scientific justification to direct doctors to perform this procedure. Moreover it also amounted to violation of medical ethics. The Court further observed that even though it is an ageold practice, women are not chattels and a woman does not have to live her life only for a marriage and a husband and it is a crime and a punishable offence.