UK: Doctor at NHS hospital and another man become first ever to be charged with carrying out female genital mutilation

Whittington Hospital in north London

The first charges in British history over female genital mutilation have been brought against two men – one of whom is a doctor.

Dr Dhanoun Dharmasena from the Whittington Hospital in north London, and Hasan Mohamed, who is not a medic, will face charges under the Female Genital Mutilation Act.

It is claimed the doctor carried out the procedure on a woman who had given birth in November 2012, and that Mohamed encouraged and helped him, prosecutors said.

It comes less than five months after MPs launched a major inquiry into the cultural practice, which is thought to have been carried out on around 66,000 women and girls in Britain.

Home Affairs Select Committee Keith Vaz said he wanted to tackle the reasons why no one had ever been charged with FGM offences since the practice was criminalised in 1985.