Egypt is seeking amendments to the country’s law against female genital mutilation (FGM) to plug loopholes that allow health practitioners and families of girls who undergo the outlawed procedure to escape punishment, says Shahira Amin in Eygpt Pulse.

The law includes a provision that exempts offenders from punishment if they carry out a procedure that is medically necessary or justifiable to protect the patient from harm. Some doctors use this as a basis for their fallacious argument that FGM is necessary to protect young girls from harm.

Watch a clip about FGM on Arab Vision’s YouTube channel.