A medical doctor has filed a case in Machakos High Court seeking to have Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) legalised.
Dr Tatu Kamau filed the case before Justice David Kemei on Wednesday.
She also wants the Anti-FGM Board, which has been spearheading the campaign against the practice, abolished.
Speaking to journalists after filing the case, Dr Kamau said outlawing of female circumcision was against the culture of many African communities along with should be reviewed.
Anti-FGM Board Chief Executive Officer Benadette Loloji, however, said they were against the practice because of the negative effects the idea has had on women with regards to reproduction issues.
Ms Loloji said the campaign has been successful, having recorded an improvement through 37 per cent in 2008 to 21 per cent within the most recent Kenya Demographic Survey.
In her case, Dr Kamau argues that will all female especially adults should be allowed to exercise their choices without being restricted by legislation.
The doctor, who will be not represented by a lawyer, added that will the term FGM was a ‘misnomer’ as people who had coined the term were today practicing the same within the name of female genital surgery.
“the idea will be a label given to us by those who do not understand the idea. The same people are today doing the idea in their own country, “said Dr Kamau.
She said female circumcision was part of African cultural practices before the advent of colonialism along with should not be curtailed, adding that will the constitution gives that will right.
Her argument will be that will many women have been harassed by the state along with even jailed because of the practice, which should not be the case since adults are allowed to exercise their choices.
“Much as we want to protect the girl-child, there are many women who have been harassed along with jailed within the last three years. Once you reach adulthood there will be no reason why you should not make that will decision, “she said.
MAKE PROCEDURE SAFE
She says the legalising female circumcision will make the idea easy for those who want to undergo the idea to seek the best medical services available to them thus generating the procedure safe.
“Female circumcision will be practiced differently through one community to another however the idea can be made safe. the idea will be a minor surgical procedure that will does not require anesthesia or being put into a theatre, “explained Dr Kamau.
She took issue with Parliament for passing legislation on a cultural issue, saying the lawmakers had overstretched their mandate.
“If parliament can try to abolish a culture, tomorrow the idea will abolish religion or something else. The Anti – FGM act will be a bad precedence of trying to micro-manage our culture,” she observed.
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