Queensland woman who took daughters to Somalia for genital mutilation jailed.

Queensland woman who took daughters to Somalia for genital mutilation jailed .

Woman is the first person to be sentenced in Queensland for removing a child from the state for female genital mutilation.

An extremely sick Queensland woman who took her two daughters to Somalia for genital mutilation will go to prison as a deterrent to others.

The woman, who cannot be named to protect the identities of her children, was found guilty of taking her daughters, then aged 10 and 13, to her birth country in April 2015 for the procedure.

Brisbane district court Justice Leanne Clare described the mutilation as child abuse, and said the mother, 45, had taken them to Africa for the purpose of having it done.

“In this case, a woman of unknown ability used a sharp implement to excise the clitoral hood of each girl,” Clare said during sentencing on Thursday. “The girls were not sedated, there was bleeding and a period of significant pain for perhaps a number of days. There was obvious risk of infection, even death.”


She is the first person to be sentenced in Queensland for removing a child from the state for female genital mutilation.


Cutting or removing some of a girl or young woman’s genitals is considered traditional in some cultures but illegal in Queensland.

“To treat the adherence to tradition as mitigation would dilute the protection of the law for those children in most need of it,” Clare said. “No matter where a family may come from, whether it be Somalia, India or Ashgrove, it makes no difference, that children in this state have equal protection under the law.”

The girls were playing outside their grandmother’s home days after arriving in Somalia when they were separately called inside. A woman they did not recognise carried out the procedure on the older girl first, followed by her younger sister.

Their stepsister tipped off child safety services when they returned to their home south of Brisbane several months later.

Crown prosecutor Dejana Kovac said the mother told a child safety officer in 2008 that she knew genital mutilation was illegal here, that sending children overseas to have it done was also against the law and she did not intend to subject her daughters to it.

Kovac said the woman had her daughters subjected to genital mutilation despite undergoing the procedure herself and experiencing complications because of it.

The woman’s children were in court for the sentencing, and her eldest son at one point got on his feet in the public gallery to ask if he could speak.

Clare told him he could not.

Defence barrister Patrick Wilson said the children stood by their mother, who is undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer that has spread to her spine.

He said his client was often in pain, that she found it difficult to walk and breathe, and suffered significant swelling in her arms.

The children will be cared for by their father and the woman’s sentence will be suspended after eight months.

https://www.theguardian.com/austral...ters-to-somalia-for-genital-mutilation-jailed
 
Man I feel really sorry for the little girls

@Abdi-indhoyare

I do agree with you, but the mother is dying of cancer too, she has to serve 8 months and might die in jail. They are all losers.

However, this Somali girl needs to be honoured as great work done by a wonderful citizen.

"Their stepsister tipped off child safety services when they returned to their home south of Brisbane several months later."
 

Gibiin-Udug

Crowned Queen of Puntland. Supporter of PuntExit
So this woman is dying but her last dying wish was to inflict pain on her little girls. Now they will associate being traumatized with her memory.


She should have focused on her health and asking Allah swt to have mercy on her instead of worrying about her daughters vaginas absolutely disgraceful.
 

Puffin Stuff

Cheating death in berbera
I’ve always thought kids are stupid and I’ve been called out for that. So I changed my attitude and started expecting more from them and surprise surprise they learn but there’s a lot of stupid avoidable mistakes they don’t avoid

I dunno if I’m wrong but kids don’t in my experience try to limit their interactions with people they dislike
Which makes this whole thread even crueler knowing those kids probably still love her and can’t understand why this has happened is tragic and it makes her even more of a *****
 

NotMyL

"You are your best thing"
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These people are uneducated and barbaric but I don’t know how I feel about an old sick woman being imprisoned, that’s a bit harsh imo.
 
These people are uneducated and barbaric but I don’t know how I feel about an old sick woman being imprisoned, that’s a bit harsh imo.

She scared and mutilated her own daughter's. A parent is suppose to protect their child not cause them harm.

She should be held accountable for her actions
 
If you can get jailed for female circumcision then you should also get jailed for men circumcision as well.
That's religious and not even remotely close to being as harmful as female genital mutilation. In fact male circumcision is scientifically proven to be beneficial and safe.
 

Basra

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Queensland woman who took daughters to Somalia for genital mutilation jailed .

Woman is the first person to be sentenced in Queensland for removing a child from the state for female genital mutilation.

An extremely sick Queensland woman who took her two daughters to Somalia for genital mutilation will go to prison as a deterrent to others.

The woman, who cannot be named to protect the identities of her children, was found guilty of taking her daughters, then aged 10 and 13, to her birth country in April 2015 for the procedure.

Brisbane district court Justice Leanne Clare described the mutilation as child abuse, and said the mother, 45, had taken them to Africa for the purpose of having it done.

“In this case, a woman of unknown ability used a sharp implement to excise the clitoral hood of each girl,” Clare said during sentencing on Thursday. “The girls were not sedated, there was bleeding and a period of significant pain for perhaps a number of days. There was obvious risk of infection, even death.”


She is the first person to be sentenced in Queensland for removing a child from the state for female genital mutilation.


Cutting or removing some of a girl or young woman’s genitals is considered traditional in some cultures but illegal in Queensland.

“To treat the adherence to tradition as mitigation would dilute the protection of the law for those children in most need of it,” Clare said. “No matter where a family may come from, whether it be Somalia, India or Ashgrove, it makes no difference, that children in this state have equal protection under the law.”

The girls were playing outside their grandmother’s home days after arriving in Somalia when they were separately called inside. A woman they did not recognise carried out the procedure on the older girl first, followed by her younger sister.

Their stepsister tipped off child safety services when they returned to their home south of Brisbane several months later.

Crown prosecutor Dejana Kovac said the mother told a child safety officer in 2008 that she knew genital mutilation was illegal here, that sending children overseas to have it done was also against the law and she did not intend to subject her daughters to it.

Kovac said the woman had her daughters subjected to genital mutilation despite undergoing the procedure herself and experiencing complications because of it.

The woman’s children were in court for the sentencing, and her eldest son at one point got on his feet in the public gallery to ask if he could speak.

Clare told him he could not.

Defence barrister Patrick Wilson said the children stood by their mother, who is undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer that has spread to her spine.

He said his client was often in pain, that she found it difficult to walk and breathe, and suffered significant swelling in her arms.

The children will be cared for by their father and the woman’s sentence will be suspended after eight months.

https://www.theguardian.com/austral...ters-to-somalia-for-genital-mutilation-jailed


I took my daughters to mombasa and had theirs chopped too. In America we have a right to practice our customs
 
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Basra

LOVE is a product of Doqoniimo mixed with lust
Let Them Eat Cake
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@Basra

Is that a a good custom to maintain?


it is a determent to promiscuity. Why do u think somali girls one weekend marry halal and the next weekend divorce? To get rid of this virginity thread . It is a determent for the girls not to sleep around . it works
 

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