Serhat TUNAR -TDO- In Egypt, female genital mutilation was banned in 2008 and defined as a crime in 2016. Under the relevant law, those who perform and are forced to perform female genital mutilation can face up to 20 years in prison.
Under the amendment passed by Egypt's Cabinet last Wednesday, the upper limit of imprisonment for female genital mutilation was increased from 7 years to 20 years. Doctors and medical personnel who performed the procedure were also suspended from the profession for 5 years.
Those who break the law can face up to 20 years in prison, depending on whether the transaction results in permanent damage or death, the government said in a statement.
In addition, people who request female genital mutilation will also be sentenced to prison. The law change will be implemented after the approval of Parliament and the president.