A Ugandan mother from Walthamstow has been handed an 11 year jail sentence for an act of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) on her own 3 year old daughter. She also received a further 2 years for other offences, including distributing an indecent image of a child.

The woman, who has not been named, was told by Mrs Justice Whipple that FGM was a barbaric form of child abuse. The action came to light when the woman’s daughter had to be taken to hospital with her injuries and surgeons alerted the police after the mother claimed that her daughter had fallen from a worktop onto a cupboard door.

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