Woman denies aiding the genital mutilation of a three-year-old girl as court hears the child was taken to Kenya for the procedure
- Amina Noor, 38, appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Monday
- She is accused of taking a three-year-old to Kenya for genital mutilation in 2006
- Noor entered a not guilty plea and said she didn’t know purpose of the trip
A woman accused of aiding the genital mutilation of a three-year-old girl in 2006 pleaded not guilty at Westminster Magistrates’ Court today.
Amina Noor, 38, allegedly took the three-year-old girl to Kenya where the procedure to remove the child’s clitoris was performed.
Noor appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court wearing a purple hijab and a blue surgical face mask.
Amina Noor, 38, appeared in Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Monday and entered a not guilty plea. She wore a blue medical face mask and a purple hijab. She is charged with aiding a non-UK citizen to perform a genital mutilation on a female UK citizen
She is charged with aiding and abetting, counselling or procuring a non-UK citizen to mutilate the genitals of a UK female citizen, between January 13, 2006 and April 2, 2007.
The law says that helping a non-UK national to perform a mutilation procedure is illegal even when it takes place outside of the UK, including in countries where female genital mutilation is legal.
Prosecutor Jason Seetal told the court Noor took the victim to Kenya, where the procedure was performed.
‘It was a type 1 female genital mutilation which involves the removal of the entire clitoris.’
Noor, originally from Kenya, was granted UK citizenship in 2005, the court heard.
Noor, 38, said she did not know that the three-year-old would undergo the procedure when she travelled with her to Kenya in 2006
Stuart Harris, defending, said while Noor accepted she took the child to Kenya: ‘She did not know exactly what was happening to her or what had been arranged.’
He indicated a not guilty plea on her behalf.
Noor was granted unconditional bail ahead of a plea and trial preparation hearing at Southwark Crown Court on December 12.
What is female genital mutilation (FGM)?
Female genital mutilation (FGM) involves the partial or total removal of external female genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons.
The practice has no health benefits for girls and women and is not supported by any religious text.
FGM can cause severe bleeding and problems urinating, and later cysts, infections, as well as complications in childbirth and increased risk of newborn deaths.
More than 200 million girls and women alive today have been cut in 30 countries in Africa, the Middle East and Asia where FGM is concentrated.
The practice also takes place in some Latin American countries and among immigrant communities worldwide.
FGM is mostly carried out on young girls between infancy and the age of 15.
Girls are commonly taken out of school after being subjected to the practice and forced into early marriage.
FGM is a violation of the human rights of girls and women.
The World Health Organization is opposed to all forms of FGM, and is opposed to health care providers performing FGM.
Despite being illegal in most countries, the practice persists as implementation and enforcement of laws are complicated by practical and cultural factors.
Treatment of health complications of FGM in 27 high prevalence countries costs $1.4 billion per year.
Source: World Health Organization (WHO)