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A number of Sri Lankan Muslim groups have called on the government to medicalise female circumcision.

In representations made to the Parliamentary Committee on Women and Gender, members of the All Ceylon Jamiyathul Ulama, All Ceylon YMMA Conference, Centre for Islamic Studies and United Religions Initiative urged the Health Ministry to withdraw a recent circular prohibiting medical professionals from carrying out female circumcision.

In their submission, the joint Muslim groups stated that the Muslim community is very concerned about moves to ban this obligatory Islamic duty on the grounds that it is Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).

“We wish to categorically state that the practice of female circumcision is an obligatory Islamic duty, that it confers numerous benefits and is not Female Genital Mutilation. As such we condemn all moves to ban the practice of female circumcision by legislation and/ or by government bodies and urge that no moves be taken in this direction which we will regard as an unwarranted intrusion on and infringement of our religious duties guaranteed by the law and constitution of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka”, the Muslim representatives said in their submission. “We also request the Ministry of Health to withdraw a recent circular it issued prohibiting medical practitioners from performing the procedure and to issue a fresh circular excluding Islamic female circumcision a.k.a hoodectomy from the definition of FGM”

Joint Spokesperson Noor Hazeema Haris said that although Muslims wholeheartedly support the abolition of traditional practices harmful to women and children such as FGM, in case it is shown to exist in Sri Lanka, the Islamic practice of female circumcision is vastly different. She pointed out that this religious obligation practiced by the Muslims of the country for centuries in keeping with the requirements of the Islamic faith is not FGM. This was evident from the Joint Ministry of Health (MOH) and WHO report on Violence and Health in Sri Lanka in 2008, which states categorically that FGM does not exist in Sri Lanka.

She pointed out that while countless Sri Lankan Muslim Women have undergone childbirth deliveries in Governmental and Private Hospitals over the past decades, not a single case has arisen where Muslim women have been shown to have  undergone FGM. It is therefore very clear that Sri Lankan Muslim women have never experienced FGM.

She further pointed out that female circumcision practiced by Muslims is a very minor procedure similar to male circumcision where the prepuce of the clitoris is removed. This is the same as hoodectomy which is a legal cosmetic procedure chosen by women to improve genital hygiene and enhance their sex lives.  

“It is something that is arranged and done by women. Those who say this is male oppression against women are mistaken. It is we who do it just like our mothers and grandmothers and countless generations of our women have done. We continue to practice it because we know it benefits us. Even educated Muslim women support it wholeheartedly”, she added.

The submission concluded that female circumcision like male circumcision is a religious obligation for Muslims and that their religious rights as Sri Lankan citizens are safeguarded by the Constitution of Sri Lanka. Since this is a religious obligation, almost all Muslim Women and girls would have to undergo the procedure by hiring the services of traditional female circumcisors known as Ostha Mamis in case doctors refuse to perform this procedure citing the above mentioned circular. This could lead to serious medical complications which would amount to FGM.

If as medical complications have arisen among some women circumcised by Osthamaamis as alleged by Women’s Rights groups, it is all the more reason to medicalise the procedure instead of prohibiting it, which will only drive the procedure underground and put girls and women at unnecessary risk.

“We therefore urge the Parliament of Sri Lanka to reject any legislation drafted with a view to prohibit the practice of female circumcision as it will be infringing on the rights of Muslims to the free practice of their faith.We also urge that the Ministry of Health immediately withdraw  the said circular and if needs be, issue a fresh circular prohibiting FGM, but exempting the Islamic procedure of female circumcision from the definition as done in other Muslim countries like Indonesia” concluded the submission.

The Muslim Representatives included M.N.M.Naphiel, President of the All Ceylon YMMA Conference, Asiff Hussein, Vice-President Outreach, Centre for Islamic Studies, Noor Hazeema Haris, Co-ordinator of United Religions Initiative, Sheikh M.F.M Farhan, Manager, All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama and Sheikh M.A. Haris, Co-Ordinator of the Fatwa Committee of All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama.

The committee agreed to give them a hearing and requested that medical evidence be submitted to prove that female circumcision of the type prescribed in Islam causes no harm and benefits women as stated by the joint representatives.

  Comments - 94

  • rational Friday, 07 September 2018 03:58 PM

    Ban this barbaric practice.

    Real Peace Friday, 07 September 2018 06:53 PM

    Ban female circumcision and face covering dress now !!

    Zameer Farook Friday, 07 September 2018 07:48 PM

    1. Most of you all are commenting without even reading the article, which shows your Islamaphobia and bias and that you are not sincere, and that you are just here to hate.2. FGM and circumcision are 2 DIFFERENT THINGS and as such, calls are made to keep allowing circumcision while prohibiting harmful procedures. In this regard, World Health Organization has also affirmed that what is being practiced by Muslims in SL is NOT FGM, read quote from article below:"Joint Spokesperson Noor Hazeema Haris said that although Muslims wholeheartedly support the abolition of traditional practices harmful to women and children such as FGM, in case it is shown to exist in Sri Lanka, the Islamic practice of female circumcision is vastly different. She pointed out that this religious obligation practiced by the Muslims of the country for centuries in keeping with the requirements of the Islamic faith is not FGM. This was evident from the Joint Ministry of Health (MOH) and WHO report on Violence and Health in Sri Lanka in 2008, which states categorically that FGM does not exist in Sri Lanka.""She further pointed out that female circumcision practiced by Muslims is a very minor procedure similar to male circumcision where the prepuce of the clitoris is removed. This is the same as hoodectomy which is a legal cosmetic procedure chosen by women to improve genital hygiene and enhance their sex lives."3. Non Muslims, please mind your own bloody business, Muslim women in SL do NOT need your help to come and save them. Get out of you God complexes, you are NOT the savior or superhero that SL needs, no one needs you, least of all, Muslim women. They want this law to be protected so that they could benefit from it medically and religiously, and you need to mind your own business as they can take care of themselves, and DO NOT NEED YOUR SAVING.“It is something that is arranged and done by women. Those who say this is male oppression against women are mistaken. It is we who do it just like our mothers and grandmothers and countless generations of our women have done. We continue to practice it because we know it benefits us. Even educated Muslim women support it wholeheartedly”, she added."4. Article title is misleading, we are not asking for it to be allowed, but to keep allowing it as it has been allowed upto now, and do not ban it.5. This is also an issue of freedom of faith.6. Muslims commenting here that it has nothing to do with Islam, HIDE YOUR HEADS IN SHAME. You are either a. Speaking without knowledge, b. lying to keep your non-Muslims friends happy.In Madeenah there was a woman who circumcised women and the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said to her: “Do not go to the extreme in cutting; that is better for the woman and more liked by the husband.” Narrated by Abu Dawood (5271), classed as saheeh by Shaykh al-Albaani in Saheeh Abi Dawood.7. Medical benefits of Famale Circumcision:

    Jamal Friday, 07 September 2018 08:58 PM

    I am a Muslim and I fully know what FGM is and I will NEVER let any girl in my family to go through it.

    Lankan Friday, 07 September 2018 09:11 PM

    @Zameer. Unfortunately, the rest of the Sri Lankan community feels that religion is just an excuse used by some to torture and dominate others.

    godless Friday, 07 September 2018 09:12 PM

    This is child abuse, plain and simple

    Razy Saturday, 08 September 2018 02:53 PM

    It seems like these commenters have waited till daily mirror publish a news about muslims to throw harsh comments. FGM is completely different to Islamic circumcision and it is strictly prohibited. FGM is removal of the labia minora and/or labia majora and clitoris. ISLAMIC CIRCUMSISSION IS the REMOVAL of the CLITORAL PREPUCE, which is very similar to the prepuce of a penis. THIS IS NOT A MUST IF THEY WISH THEY CAN DO IT IF NOT ITS NOT AN ISSUE. As this article is long and not simple people couldnt understand it properly.Daily Mirror you guys should publish the news in a simple and a clear way.

    nonsense Friday, 07 September 2018 04:01 PM

    As usual this community claims knowledge of benefits unknown to science.

    afhamfrk Saturday, 08 September 2018 02:37 PM

    Your name says it all ! Period !

    Lankaputha Saturday, 08 September 2018 02:54 PM

    No one should cover the face or open the clitorus if any one is below 18. Let the grown so decide whether to remove, stich, cover or seal it

    tin tin Sunday, 09 September 2018 12:34 PM

    we need more rapes in this country thats why we are against a proper dress to the women and as a matter of fact we are perverts too

    Kevin K Friday, 07 September 2018 04:04 PM

    Funny people with unwanted problems.

    funny Friday, 07 September 2018 09:15 PM

    And unwanted body parts to be cut off :-)

    Singhela Friday, 07 September 2018 04:12 PM

    Female and Male circumcision is an abomination and should be outlawed. Most advanced and civilized nations have already done so, even piercing the ears of a child is barbaric. The choice should be up to the individual. FREE WILL, FREE CHOICE

    Stan Friday, 07 September 2018 06:44 PM

    Exactly. Even Male circumcision should be carried out only when the person in question is old enough to understand despite the complications associated with adult circumcision

    Lankan Friday, 07 September 2018 09:22 PM

    Ture! Same goes to children monks, we should wait until they reach 18 and let them decide whether to be a monk or not.

    Lal Friday, 07 September 2018 04:13 PM

    Female Genital Mutilation is a brutal and sick practice that is banned for a very good reason

    Gayathri Friday, 07 September 2018 04:14 PM

    Why don't you ask the Ostha Mamis to do it. It has been done by them for centuries as you claim. So just carry on the tradition in that way.

    Jilla Friday, 07 September 2018 04:18 PM

    Googled about female circumcision and I am horrified.

    BuffaloaCitizen Friday, 07 September 2018 04:20 PM

    Females Circumcision often includes removal or partial removal of the clitoris head, this is the reason it is banned in all civilized countries under FGM laws. If it is only removal of the skin covering the clitoris, then it can be allowed, but not FGM.

    abc Friday, 07 September 2018 04:22 PM

    This is a violation of the rights of the child in question, just like abortion.

    ase Friday, 07 September 2018 04:28 PM

    no exceptional for Muslims, this is Sri Lanka and this is a barbarise act on girls do not let them practice unhuman female circumcision

    Lal Friday, 07 September 2018 04:31 PM

    It is a shame that we need to protect Muslim girls from Muslim organizations who support FGM and Child Marriage

    Rohan Friday, 07 September 2018 04:37 PM

    Are we still in pre-historic age?

    abc Friday, 07 September 2018 05:36 PM

    Apparently, some people are

    kumar Friday, 07 September 2018 04:40 PM

    This is an inhuman and degrading procedure. Apart from the physical pain, the female child is deprived of all God given joys of life. IF Allah wanted it that way, Allah would have done the circumcision.

    Love Sri Lanka Friday, 07 September 2018 04:45 PM

    Does this actually happen in Sri Lanka ??? I thought it happens only in parts of Africa. Really like to know where in the Holy Koran this is mentioned ??

    Nuts Law! Friday, 07 September 2018 07:15 PM

    when I was in Colombo back in early 90s I have few Muslim friends and one of them told me these things happening many years ago in Sri lanka in fact he said his sister also had this and she suffered a lot, when he is telling his own family story; my friend was in teas! no decent Muslim wants this barbaric act but some “Religious nuts” keep pushing by every mosque in Sri Lanka. If Sirisena has a gut, he should reject these “nuts” request straight away by now.

    Missaka Friday, 07 September 2018 04:48 PM

    My god!. Can u believe this is happening in SL?. I only heard that female circumcision done only in African and Arab and other Muslim countries, but never knew that's happening in our country. GOV. must not legalize these barbaric acts. All SL must cry-out against it. This is total violation of HR.

    KF Saturday, 08 September 2018 07:53 PM

    This is way to hell.God created us wthithout this..This people foolish

    Paul Friday, 07 September 2018 05:02 PM

    Adults should be free to do what they want with their bodies. But in the case of children, they should not be subjected to these procedures simply because of religious beliefs.

    Sach Friday, 07 September 2018 05:03 PM

    Why not ban that practice

    Ironic Friday, 07 September 2018 05:23 PM

    Ironic that the so-called racist Sinhalese have to protect Muslim girls from such cruelty

    Reza Friday, 07 September 2018 06:44 PM

    yeah send muslim girls to middle east to be a maid and to start the day with arack and end the day with arack. saving the girls huh.

    sri lakan Friday, 07 September 2018 07:08 PM

    Sinhalese are not racist. if they are racist they wouldn't have comment on this article...Girls/ women are all females on any ethnic/religon should better proctect them...all are human.

    Raj Friday, 07 September 2018 05:24 PM

    We try to teach as many languages as we can to our children. Why don't we teach different Religions and let them choose one when they become 18?

    sri lankan Friday, 07 September 2018 07:22 PM

    of course, there are People who Change their religions in SL.. I know most of them. some Buddhist Change their Religion to Cathalic/Christian, some convert to muslim, don't have to teach them as a subject in Schools, some religons teach some People to practic their religon for the benefits of their religons.

    Ahamed Friday, 07 September 2018 05:29 PM

    Im a Srilankan muslim, I have never seen or heard about FGM in my community in Srilanka and so far non of the preachers have taught us to do so. This is a new story. Irrelevent to Srilankan muslims.

    Nihal Friday, 07 September 2018 05:42 PM

    It is now clear that the Muslims in Sri Lanka whether a senior Policeman or three wheel driver are all same in their beliefs and practice.

    LAL Friday, 07 September 2018 05:47 PM

    I can see all the comments on the subject have been made by non-Muslims. Since this is a religious practice of that community why should any others bother about it? Whether it is human or inhuman it is none of anybody's business. It is not a common subject to discuss. Everybody here is simply poking their 2-cents worth without minding their own business. This is not second to BBS's halal issue.

    acs Friday, 07 September 2018 08:55 PM

    Not that simple. We wouldn't allow human sacrifice just because a group of nuts say its their religion. Another thing is that these comments show that others view the practice as barbaric.

    Killa Friday, 07 September 2018 08:56 PM

    If you want a barbaric practice to be done in SL then leave for some other country! All races and religions must obey the same law

    Gilla Friday, 07 September 2018 09:02 PM

    If its inhumane then it's no longer a religious issue but a Human Rights issue

    Curiosity Friday, 07 September 2018 05:49 PM

    This is not part of Islam, this is a African tradition, don't mislead. Me being a Muslim knows what you're talking. Also mark my words, that I'm not going to allow my daughters to undergo any such BS.

    alfie Friday, 07 September 2018 08:51 PM

    FGM is practiced even today in Egypt and Sudan. Islamic scholars call this Haram. Going against God's creation.

    rational Friday, 07 September 2018 08:55 PM

    Well said sir.

    Kalidasa Friday, 07 September 2018 06:10 PM

    Once the female circumcision is done, that woman doesn't have any sexual pleasure, and its painful in Intercourse too. So this male dominated society to thinks that their women will not misbehave once this so called FGM is done.

    Rizwan Friday, 07 September 2018 08:26 PM

    This is the one and only reason why the men want this to be done. No other reason

    party boy Friday, 07 September 2018 09:16 PM

    Real killjoys!!

    Imtias Friday, 07 September 2018 06:27 PM

    What ever the name they call and whoever is heading this team should be immediately banned. This is the first step of instilling brutality to human beings. A nip in the bud is whats needed most.

    Lanka Friday, 07 September 2018 06:36 PM

    “VAGINAL COSMETIC SURGERY” its not illegal western contries infact its one of the famous cosmetic sergeries amoung women in those countries, if you dont beleive me just google and see for your self

    Lal Friday, 07 September 2018 09:10 PM

    Google female circumcision. These nutcases are showing something else to justify a different thing

    Nilanthi Sunday, 09 September 2018 07:58 PM

    Of course, anyone can do anything to their body once they are adults. People are fighting for the children, being a voice to the voiceless. You also should watch videos on FGM done in India, then you will realise why people are protesting about it.

    Asiff Hussein Friday, 07 September 2018 06:42 PM

    Seriously are the readers here such fools. Can't you people understand there's a big difference between FGM and Female Circumcision. Pls read before you jump to conclusions.

    zeus Friday, 07 September 2018 09:21 PM

    Only a fool would want to cut off body parts in the name of an imaginary man in the sky

    vithura Friday, 07 September 2018 06:47 PM

    No civilised society would accept such a barbaric practice.

    Piyumi Fernando Friday, 07 September 2018 06:55 PM

    These people believe that God created them. Then why go against God by cutting here and there. Let everything be in tact until it goes away whenever it wants to be.

    Dr. Anonymous Friday, 07 September 2018 07:28 PM

    First of all let me clearly mention that I am speaking from a purely Medical outlook simply to clarify a very common misunderstanding about this issue and I am NOT a Muslim who is speaking with a biased view, neither do I have a personal opinion about this matter.Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and Female Circumcision are 2 different procedures.FGM is the removal of the clitoris, inner-and-outer lips of the vagina and the sewing of the two sides of the vulva leaving only a small hole to pass urine and menstruate meanwhile, The surgery that the Muslims are talking about (or so they say) is SIMPLY the removal of the clitoral hood (similar to the foreskin in males), NOT the Clitoris (similar to the head of the penis in males, which is what provides Sexual pleasure to females). So in other terms, it is similar to circumcision in men, where the foreskin is cut leaving the rest intact.

    AK Friday, 07 September 2018 09:13 PM

    Thanks very much for the explanation DR but unfortunately no one will accept the truth

    Kalu Nangi Saturday, 08 September 2018 03:52 PM

    But it should not be made mandatory. Let the woman decide whether she wants Female Circumcision for cosmetic reasons or not.

    Sincere Saturday, 08 September 2018 07:55 PM

    Dr. Anno, How can you say the circumcision will not lead to FGM? Even in the UK now we hear shocking stories about the latter. When one is permitted how can you say the other will not happen?

    Leel Friday, 07 September 2018 07:39 PM

    God produce your body parts because those parts are necessary for you life. Isn't it? God create every thing perfectly is you guys claim. Then why do you want to modify it against his wish, it is against your religion isn't it?

    AK Friday, 07 September 2018 09:08 PM

    Then why do you cut your hair, nails bla..bla...bla... God has a reason for it to be grown as per your theory.

    Leel Saturday, 08 September 2018 05:00 PM

    It is my wish because I was nNot created by God but my prarents but you guys claim it is allas wish. God and alla are two different peoples against each? other?

    Dilan Friday, 07 September 2018 07:41 PM

    Any issues related to religious matter should be dealt within within the religion. if this practice is happening in the muslim community, then a collective group of intellectuals needs to address it, not religious leaders from other religions or FB heroes. No religion in Sri Lanka is perfect. there are issues withins Hindus, Christians and even Buddhists. The media also highlights any wrong doings of the minorities of the country but yet project individuals who spread hate and against the teachings of their religions as heroes.

    abc Friday, 07 September 2018 08:57 PM

    What if someone wants something like sati (burning widows)?

    Killa Friday, 07 September 2018 09:08 PM

    No it isn't. The govt is responsible for stopping any practice that violates human rights be it Sati or FGM

    Sri Lankan Friday, 07 September 2018 08:07 PM

    I cannot believe that I am reading this article. Are the Muslim women so stupid. When the whole world is going in a different direction these people are going back to their primitive ways. Why are the Muslim Women of SL not coming out in large numbers to protest to this stupid practice?

    Lokka Friday, 07 September 2018 08:17 PM

    This shows the fault in the creation. Why could not the so called God creat perfect human beings?

    Karta Singh Friday, 07 September 2018 08:30 PM

    Looks like the Extremists are trying to bully the government in to submission with the looming presidential and parliamentary election.JO and the Governing parties should resist the temptation to get political mileage.Senseless brutality and Hilarious justification. Most Countries have banned FGM in all forms and even if medically performed its a crime.

    Brainmaster Friday, 07 September 2018 08:29 PM

    ban female circumcision ban chador and burkha ban the cruel halal slaughtering. Muslims who do not accept that should emigrate to Saudia. via DM Android App

    Dilan Friday, 07 September 2018 09:23 PM

    The Kings of Sri Lanka didn’t have a problem of Muslim women wearing the face veil, and for more than 500 years no one had a problem not even during the the war. First the Tamils was targeted n now the Muslims are the target. When will Sri Lankan’s learn to live in peace

    Manik Friday, 07 September 2018 09:10 PM

    Why waist resources available to government hospital on this hideous act. Just ignore the plea.

    Ramu Friday, 07 September 2018 09:28 PM

    Human is a creation of the God, and almighty God is perfect,so human have no right to challenge god by doing changes to his creation

    Labba Ali Saturday, 08 September 2018 02:55 PM

    “An Islamic sect community leader is the first person to be imprisoned over female genital mutilation in Australia”Western world condemns the practice of any form of female genital mutilation. Female genital mutilation is a direct violation of the human rights of any person who is subjected to it, including; the Right to Equality, Freedom from Discrimination, Right to Life and Personal Security, and, Freedom from Torture and Degrading Treatment. This is good for tribal Arabs.

    Saa Ahamad Saturday, 08 September 2018 02:57 PM

    It is a criminal offence . FGM is a harmful, internationally condemned practice that violates human rights and numerous international laws and resolutions including the UN Female circumcision is wrong. Absolutely wrong. It's not the same as male circumcision at all, it's done to prevent girls from enjoying sex so that women can be oppressed basically. This is one of a few major problems I have with Arabs.

    Farook Ali Saturday, 08 September 2018 03:00 PM

    Generally female circumcision involves cutting off the labia AND the clitoris (either all or part of). Try cutting off the glans of your penis and then you can call it the same.Female circumcision is a vile practice. It's illegal, but it doesn't stop some unscrupulous doctors doing it 'on the quiet'Removal of the clitoris is pretty brutal, Female genital mutilation an unnecessary, barbaric practice of uneducated people.

    Pathima Masha Saturday, 08 September 2018 03:09 PM

    Female genital mutilation needed because some men are sexually weak. If we stop FGM, we will need strong men and we don’t have men of that sort men in Arab.

    Samual Kaha Saturday, 08 September 2018 03:11 PM

    Men who demand this mutilation do not believe that God's work is perfect and which of course it is, and god is man-made concept.

    Ranil Moha Saturday, 08 September 2018 03:19 PM

    It is a criminal offence most countries jail people involved in this . FGM is a devastating act of violence that no woman or girl should ever have to suffer and the criminals who perpetrate it should be brought to justice. We have to send a clear message that FGM will not be tolerated, we must prosecut peole who support for FGM. And jail them.

    mavan Saturday, 08 September 2018 04:21 PM

    These things have been practiced by countries where there was no water to wash their genitals. Most of these things done by muslims now were practiced by 100s year ago due to dry climate and life stylised. For example fasting was done to reduce their body fat as muslims eat lots of meat and fat and less vegies. These thinngs were done since people are ignorant and uneducated those days. Then people got scared to God those days and followed it. Muslms were allowed to marry many women as there were male female ration was too low. Now Muslims have mistakenly identified this as a religious practiced blindly.

    Qena Saturday, 08 September 2018 04:40 PM

    "I am born perfect, with my body whole."Why do you want to cut us and take away the rights God gave us?What you are doing is a crime.It takes away our childhood and our innocence.

    ramaya ramshi Saturday, 08 September 2018 04:46 PM

    feel very Sorry for them. "The pain was everywhere; I couldn't figure out what hurt and where," Karimjee wrote of the experience in an essay for the Big Roundtable last year. "... I sat in the bed, allowing myself to cry for the first time since we'd begun talking about sex. For the first time since I'd admitted to him that I might never be able to enjoy a sexual experience. That when I was younger, someone had taken a knife to my clitoris and cut out a small but significant part of me."

    rambanda Saturday, 08 September 2018 04:56 PM

    men who want Female Genital Mutilation is psychosis.

    Sonali Saturday, 08 September 2018 06:40 PM

    Where in the Koran is FGM made mandatory? If the govt. allows this they have lost the vote of our entire family at the next elections. I'm sure we will not be the only one's.

    Selvakumar Saturday, 08 September 2018 07:26 PM

    FGM is a barbaric act executed on a innocent child why is this community is always given exceptions even regards to marriageable age a Muslim girl can marry at the age of 16 It is high time the government and the opposition took a stand as a civilized nation instead of acting like a Islamic Republic to pander to the Muslim votes This is nothing to do with being racism

    gamarala Saturday, 08 September 2018 07:58 PM

    I am a Muslim and appalled to see why this old muslim women are touting about the circumcision just because they had to undergo. The stupidity of the cause is even more hilarious when they say that FGM and circumcision are not the same. If the doctor cuts off a piece it is circumcision and if a laywoman nips it off it is FGM. My foot sister !!!!! Islam does NOT require women to be circumcised. Only men are for hygienic reasons and it is practiced by the Jews and many Orthodox Christians too. The article itself alludes to an archaic 'practice' done for years in Sri Lanka and NOT a single reference either from the Holy Quran or the Prophet (PBUH). We all should stand up against these hoodlums, even if it includes the so called Jamiathul Ulama, to oppose the draconian practice of nipping the girls. We have no rights to touch a girl to circumcise, or whatever it is called for its convenience, without her consent. We should NEVER allow this to happen to our girls

    Amarasiti Saturday, 08 September 2018 09:22 PM

    Zameer Farook , ACJU and others,If man was created from Adam and woman from Eve, why do the Ulama, ACJU and others think that they need to POLISH God's Work, by mutilating men and women. Isn't this a cultural practice of the Egyptians and Africans picked by the Muslims, Christians and Jews. Use REASON , and no need to follow Cultural Practices and Revelations Blindly.Is Stupidity a virtue for Muslims led by the Ulama?

    Hussain Saturday, 08 September 2018 09:50 PM

    Islam is just a rip off of Hebrew, Christian and Arabic mythologies. Christianity is a rip off of Hebrew and Greek mythologies. Judaism is a rip off of Canaanite, Midianite, Edomite, Babylonian, Assyrian and other Near Eastern mythologies. Allah was the Arabian moon god and the highest god out of the Arabian pantheon. Yahweh was a morph of the Canaanite high god El, the weather god Baal and the Edomite/Midianite war god, Yahweh Sabaoth. My problem with Islam and all religions is that they are archaic, tribalistic, divisive tools based on fairy tales. I wouldn't care so much if religions weren't responsible for so much evil. But they are so I dislike them very much.

    Amarasiri Sunday, 09 September 2018 03:16 AM

    "Religion is the opium of the masses"- Karl Marx

    Ozman Sunday, 09 September 2018 05:50 AM

    My Father is Muslim and my mother is Sinhalese. To me this sounds disgusting and govt should please prohibit such acts.

    Mr. K Sunday, 09 September 2018 07:22 AM

    A small amount of web searching and research leads to no apparent distinction between female circumcision

    galleguy Sunday, 09 September 2018 05:07 PM


    Shamil Sunday, 09 September 2018 06:20 PM

    Not something that is practiced in Sl nor should it be. Some idiot must have raised this as an issue

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