Suhair al-Bata’a, a 13-year-old Egyptian girl, has died undergoing circumcision at a village in the Daqahliya governorate northeast of Cairo, Egyptian media reported on Sunday.
“We left our daughter with the doctor and the nurse. 15 minutes later, the nurse took my daughter out of the operation room to a nearby room, along with three other girls whom the doctor was circumcising,” Mohammed Ibrahim, a farmer, told Egyptian daily al-Masry al-Youm.
“I waited half an hour, hoping that my daughter would wake up, but, unfortunately, unlike the rest of the girls, she did not,” he said.
The doctor who circumcised Suhair had previously circumcised her elder sister two years ago.
“I want nothing but to hold the doctor accountable and to have justice for my daughter,” Suhair’s mother, Hasanat Naeem Fawzy, told the newspaper.
The police ordered an autopsy and summoned the doctor to find the cause of the young girl’s death.
A health inspector report said the cause of the death was due to “a sharp drop in blood pressure resulting from shock trauma,” the family’s lawyer, Abdel Salam, told al-Masry al-Youm.
Egypt's National Council for Women condemned the deadly incident of female circumcision as a criminal act that reflects “extreme savagery,” calling on the government to investigate the issue and punish the culprits.
UNICEF Egypt has also condemned the incident, saying female circumcision has neither medical nor religious justification.
Genital mutilation in the name of God.
Only ONE of the shameful iron age rituals left over from a time of ignorance which lives on only because of superstition and a lack of education.
While I support the idea of the doctor being prosecuted for this, I also don't believe the parents should be given a pass. There was NO reason for this little girl to die, and her parents should be charged with whatever passes for Egypt's version of manslaughter or negligent homicide.