Our Director and Solicitor Razia Jogi spoke to BBC Radio Newcastle this week, live on the Charlie Charlton show.
She spoke about the worrying and growing trend of FGM (Female Genital Mutilation) which has been illegal in the UK since 1985. Carrying out FGM, or even assisting and allowing it to happen is a criminal offence. Sentences can be as high as 14 years’ imprisonment. Anyone who has been subjected to FGM or becomes aware of a child being subjected to it should notify the relevant authorities including the police.
As well as dealing with past cases of FGM, the family courts can act to help prevent further cases and can move to take children away from parents if they feel that they are at risk of FGM.
In certain parts of the world, FGM is seen as a cultural norm, so there are instances where people move to the UK, unaware that it is illegal here. Whilst there are calls for it to be made illegal all over the world, it could be some time before this becomes a reality, if ever.
You can hear Razia’s interview for the next few days here on the BBC website – her interview starts at 35:40.