Saturday, January 26, 2013

Female Circumcision

Last week I read the blog of Colson from Holland titled " How to Curb Female Sexual Desire " in which he quoted an official of the Indonesian Ulama Council (MUI) saying that the purpose of Female Circumcision is to control Female Sexual Desire.

After reading Colson's said blog post, I deemed it necessary to write about Circumcision in general and Female Circumcision in particular.

According to Wikipedia, the word Circumcision (from Latin Circumcidere meaning : to cut around) is used to describe Male Circumcision i.e. the surgical removal of the foreskin from the human Penis, an established practice adopted by Moslems all over the world.

Beside Moslems, Circumcision is also practiced by Judaism, Coptic Christianity and the Ethiopian Orthodox Church. For further details about Circumcision, please read here.

A very scary young girl about to be Circumcised
Unlike the Male Circumcision, Female Circumcision is considered dangerous by the World Health Organization (WHO)  which gave it a very scary name Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and define it as " all procedures that involve partial or total removal of the external female genitalia, or other injury to the female organs for non medical reasons."  Details about FGM can be read here.

For that reason, in April 2006 the Indonesian government, through the Department of Health, banned Female Circumcision (here). This decision was strongly protested by MUI which issued a Fatwa (Edict) in the year 2008 stating that the ban of Female Circumcision is against Islamic regulation. An MUI official explained that Female Circumcision is done by "incising the the skin that covers the front part of the Clitoris without harming the Clitoris."  

In response to said MUI's Fatwa, the Minister of Health has issued a regulation which allow Female Circumcision on the condition that it done based on modern medical standard to ensure the safeness of the female being Circumcised.
 
Considering that Female Circumcision is more dangerous than Male Circumcision, I hope that the government would ban Female Circumcision, or if it is to be allowed, must be based on the female's consent and strictly conducted by authorized medical professionals based on modern medical standard.

Photo :  Courtesy of Berita Aneh

6 comments:

colson said...

You won't be surprised I absolutely second your stand on this painful issue. I really appreciate you dedicate a (nuanced and convincing) post to the problem.

To add here a slightly less nuanced comment ((^_-)), I think people's (physical) integrity should be guaranteed by law. Without explicit wish of the adult person, these kind of culturally determined cruel rites should be forbidden. And genital mutilation of children and minors should be totally off limits and be in the Criminal Law.

Wisata Murah said...

saya kurang tahu pasti hukumnya bagaiamna menurut ajaran agama, tap memang jaman dulu saya sering melihat sunat perempuan jadi keharusan, walau setelah diera akhir 80an lalu sudah jarang saya temui dikampung maupun dikota kota tempat sya pergi.

Kalau untuk sunat lelaki, mungkin ini hanya sebagai gambaran saja, selain untuk yang terlihat seperti kesehatan. pada hakekatnya ada yang lebih penting. karena kulub itu kalau tidak dibuang jadi sarang kotoran yang baunya minta ampun.

menanggapi masalah ini, saya pernah membaca buku yang ditulis isa muhammad daud yang mengatakan, bahwa bangsa jin itu sangat suka banget bertempat seperti yang dilukiskan tersebut, (bau kelamin) karena itu sebagaian dari makanan mereka.
Oh maaf terlalu panjang ya komentarnya. thanks pak

Fahrizi Noer Fajar Azman said...

Kalau boleh jujur.. saya sama sekali tidak mengerti bagaimana kalau perempuan di sunat...
hehehe..sering dengar namun belum pernah tahu secara jelas.


salam hangat.. :)
thanks for your information...

Harry Nizam said...

@Colson,
It seems that we both have some kind of "radar connection" in looking at how things should be.
Yes the law should not allow females to be circumcised without their prior consent, And according to the laws under-aged cannot give a legal consent.

@Wisata Murah,
Beda dengan pria, sunat pada wanita dilakukan dengan memotong bagian dari klitoris yang terletak dibagian dalam organ intimnya. Kalau dilakukan salah bisa berakibat fatal.
Yang penting disini pemerintah melindungi warganya dari segala hal yang menyakitkan/tidak nyaman.

@Fahrizi,
Sunat pada wanita dilakukan dengan memotong bagian penutup dari Klitoris wanita yang terletak dibagian dalam organ tubuhnya. Kalau tidak dilakukan secara benar akan berakibat fatal.

Good Websites said...

FGM is a ghastly medieval practice and we should somehow create awareness to limit it.

Harry Nizam said...

@Good Website,
Yes, there must be stronger efforts to make people aware of the danger of FGM.