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Front view of Whittington Hospital in London, England
Front view of Whittington Hospital in London, England
The Guardian

A Muslim doctor has been charged with female genital mutilation along with the aid of another man at a National Health Service hospital.

Dr. Dhanoun Dharmasena carried out the savage procedure while Hasan Mohammed assisted in the crime at the Whittington Hospital in North London, England, which is run by the National Health Service and means that Dr. Dharmasena was being paid by the taxpayers when the crime occurred.

According to the UK Guardian, Alison Saunders, who’s the Director of Public Prosecutions, made the announcement and said:

“The CPS was asked to consider evidence in relation to this allegation of female genital mutilation by the Metropolitan Police Service after it was alleged that following a patient giving birth in November 2012, a doctor at the Whittington Hospital, in London, repaired FGM that had previously been performed on the patient, allegedly carrying out FGM himself.

“Having carefully considered all the available evidence, I have determined there is sufficient evidence and it would be in the public interest to prosecute Dr Dhanoun Dharmasena for an offence contrary to S1 (1) of the Female Genital Mutilation Act.

“I have also determined that Hasan Mohamed should face one charge of intentionally encouraging an offence of FGM, contrary to section 44(1) of the Serious Crime Act and a second charge of aiding, abetting, counselling or procuring Dr Dharmasena to commit an offence contrary to S1 (1) of the Female Genital Mutilation Act.

“Dr Dhamasena and Hasan Mohamed will appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on 15 April. May I remind all those concerned that these individuals have a right to a fair trial and it is very important that there should be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could in any way prejudice these proceedings.”

The victim hasn’t been named due to privacy concerns, however this is one of four cases against the doctor that are currently under investigation.

The practice of Female Genital Mutilation has been illegal in Britain since 1985 and since then there is said to be some 60,000 woman who have been victims of the horrific procedure. Prosecutions of the act are rare since the victims are afraid to speak out about it, according to Saunders.