Egypt’s prosecutor-general has brought criminal charges against a father for the genital mutilation of his three daughters, while likewise charging a physician who allegedly performed the illegal procedure.
“The doctor went to their (the girls) home under the guise that he would vaccinate them against the coronavirus,” the prosecutor-general said in a Wednesday statement.
A forensic report revealed “the excision of … reproductive organs”.
Attempts to create a coronavirus vaccine have not yet moved beyond early trials.
Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) has been banned in Egypt since 2008, but the procedure remains rife in the Muslim majority country, with many believing it promotes women’s chastity.
Investigators said the doctor had given the girls — all under the age of 18 — a general anaesthetic, according to the prosecutors’ statement.
“They lost consciousness and when they woke up they were shocked to find their legs bound together and a sensation of pain in their genitals,” the statement said.
The three minors notified their mother, who is divorced from their father.