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GAMBIA: SUPREME ISLAMIC COUNCIL DEMANDS REVOCATION OF FGM LAW

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The National Assembly should revoke the legislation against female genital mutilation in The Gambia, according to a recommendation by the Supreme Islamic Council of The Gambia (SIC). The council’s remarks come at a time when anti-FGM activists and Islamic officials, headed by Imam Abdoulie Fatty, are at odds over the recent conviction of three women for FGM at Niani Bakadagi.

The council encouraged legislators to overturn the legislation since it criminalizes Sunni circumcision, which ought to be left up to individuals who want to perform it, according to a statement sent to The Standard. We should be wary of passing legislation that forbids Muslims from following the ideas and practices that Islam has condemned, it said.

The council also urges lawmakers to engage academics on matters involving religion.

It cautions persons who speak before academics from discussing what is halal or haram in terms of religion without having the necessary expertise.

The council suggests that female circumcisers get training in Sunni circumcision. Concern was also voiced regarding the three women’s sentences for performing FGM.

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