The Egyptian government wants to crack down on female genital mutilation which has been illegal in the country since 2008 but is still widely practiced. The country published a proposed law that will hit anyone caught in the act with up to seven years in jail from the previous three months to three years sentence. Entrenched in a continuum of faith and tradition, Egyptian parents see the practice as a religious duty and removal of of all or part of the external genitalia a form of promoting chastity.
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