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Plea challenging female genital mutilation practice referred to Supreme Court of India

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The Supreme Court of India referred the plea which challenged the practice of female genital mutilation among Dawoodi Bohra Muslims to a five-judge constitutional bench on Monday, PTI reported.

A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and justices A M Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud heard a PIL filed by a Delhi-based lawyer challenging the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) of minor girls of the Dawoodi Bohra Muslim community.

Female genital mutilation is performed “illegally upon girls (between five years and before she attains puberty)” and is against the “UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights of which is India is a signatory”, the plea said, adding the practice caused “permanent disfiguration to the body of a girl child”.

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