An Atlanta court case is focusing attention on the growing practice in the United States of circumcising girls, the Associated Press reported.
With an influx of immigrants from certain parts of Africa, the ancient practice is slowly becoming more common in the United States, experts say.
The Atlanta case involves Khalid Adem, a 31-year-old immigrant from Ethiopia. He's charged with aggravated battery and cruelty to children for allegedly using scissors to circumcise his daughter, who was 2 years old at the time of the incident in 2001, the AP reported.
It's believed to be the first US criminal case involving the practice, say human rights observers. If convicted, Adem faces up to 40 years in prison.
As many as 130 million women worldwide had undergone circumcision as of 2001, according to the US State Department. The procedure is often done using knives, razors or sharp stones that, in many cases, have not been sterilised.
Female circumcision is most common in 28 African countries, including Ethiopia, Egypt and Somalia, experts told the AP. – (HealthDayNews)