Pair Given Jail Time in Australia Over Genital Mutilation of Young Sisters


Shabbir Mohammed Vazari (center) told community members to lie about female genital mutilation / AAP, Dan Himbrechts

From Jayne Margetts at ABC News Australia:

A mother and former midwife convicted over the genital mutilation of young girls, as well as a community leader who instructed community members to lie to police, have been sentenced to a maximum 15 months’ imprisonment.

Former midwife Kubra Magennis, 72, and the mother of the victims, who cannot be named, were convicted in November of mutilating two sisters in separate procedures during religious ceremonies at homes in Wollongong and Sydney’s north-west between 2009 and 2012.

The girls were about seven at the time.

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