Malaysian Fatwa: All Malaysian Women to be Circumcised
Activist Azrul Mohamad Khalib speaks to Connect Asia about female circumcision in Malaysia
PostedThe Malaysian Government is reportedly developing guidelines to reclassify female genital mutilation as a medical practice.
In 2009, the Fatwa Committee of Malaysia's National Council of Islamic Religious Affairs ruled the practice, was obligatory for Muslims, but if harmful, must be avoided.Human rights groups say they are concerned government is relying on the council's religious beliefs develop wider reaching policies.
Debate is raging in Malaysia over Muslim female genital mutilation as the country's health ministry reportedly develops guidelines to reclassify it as a medical practice.In 2009, the Fatwa Committee of Malaysia's National Council of Islamic Religious Affairs ruled that "female circumcision", as it has become known, was obligatory for Muslims but if harmful must be avoided.
Human rights activist Azrul Mohamad Khalib has written a scathing commentary calling for abolition of the practice.
He says it has no religious or medical benefits.
But according to the results of a university survey the practice is widespread, with more than 90 per cent of Malay Muslim female respondents reporting they have been circumcised.
Azrul Mohamad Khalib told Radio Australia's Connect Asia: "It certainly is a surprising figure, really. The study involves more than 1,000 female respondents and when we look at it, around 90 per cent or so are Malay Muslims."