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In The Media & Newsletter » Margot Parker MEP backs International day for Zero Tolerance on FGM
MARGOT Parker MEP has backed the International day for Zero Tolerance on Female Genital Mutilation, (FGM).
But the East Midlands MEP has also again called for the full weight of the law to come down on those committing female genital mutilation.
Recent figures showed there were more than 9,000 attendances to NHS services in England last year involving the identification or treatment of female genital mutilation.
Mrs Parker said: "These are truly horrifying statistics and despite a slight fall on the previous year, the numbers are far too high.
"Many of these crimes are committed before these women reach the UK but there are also instances where the procedure is undertaken in this country and the only way to make it known this is not going to be tolerated is to bring prosecutions.
"The physical and mental trauma this disgusting practice causes is heart-breaking for the victims.
"FGM has been illegal in the UK for more than 30 years - including cases where girls are sent 'home' to be mutilated in the name of culture.
"This is entirely about keeping women in their place, asserting power over them and destroying their sexual identities. The practice is abhorrent and is something we should, as a society, make clear is not acceptable under any circumstances and politically correct cultural sensitivities be damned.
"I support the international day as it will raise awareness of this crime. It wants and end to this practice by 2030."
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