Female Genital Mutilation a Growing Problem in Iran

According to Stop FGM Middle East, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has said that female genital mutilation is permissible, but not obligatory.

The hideous practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) is neither an exclusively Muslim nor a principally Middle Eastern phenomenon. It exists among non-Muslims through wide areas of Africa.

But in Iraq and Iran, FGM is mainly associated with Kurds. The Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) in Iraq… has pursued a substantive effort to eradicate FGM. As reported here, the KRG parliament introduced legislation prohibiting FGM in 2007…  In 2010, the KRG health ministry produced a plan to eliminate FGM and called on Islamic clergy to condemn the custom…

unnamed-7A statement from the office of Ayatollah Khomenei says FGM “does not hurt if it can be done with its conditions, including compliance with health issues.”

By contrast, “the existence of FGM in Iran is a well-kept secret,” according to the organization Stop FGM Middle East. On November 25, 2014, Radio Farda, the U.S.-backed Farsi-language broadcast directed to Iran, aired a 30-minute documentary on FGM under the rule of the Islamic Republic. Translated by Stop FGM Middle East, the transcript revealed yet another cruel feature of Iranian life, reinforced by the hypocrisy of the ruling clerics.

Radio Farda noted that in 2014 Iran was added, for the first time, to the global list of countries in which FGM is present…


How would Ayatollah Khomenei know that it “does not hurt”? Even reading about this subject give me the creeps. Until 9/11 (when I started reading around about the Middle East) I had no idea such a practice existed anywhere. I had never heard of it at all.  

For some reason or other, it must have never caught on in Europe, even in the ancient pre-Christians tribal days.

For a personal story by a woman who had it done to her as 7-year-old in Pakistan, see here. It is not graphic but quite depressing.

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  • camels

    Save our vaginas. It’s a terrible ritual.

  • Linda1000

    What a depressing read. I noted through the whole boring drawn out article that the Pakistani writer didn’t mention the “muslim” word once only referring to her “religious sect”. Anyway, Islam has done a good job of spreading FGM even if it originally started with some ancient tribal practices in Africa. It may not be specifically mentioned in the koran but I think it’s detailed in the hadiths? What does it matter if the Ayatollahs, imams and clerics endorse it worldwide. Islam is all about cult control of women and men to a lesser extent.

    • Frau Katze

      Yes, it was rather long, but one rarely reads a woman discussing it.

  • Gary

    This FMG issue is on top of the child-bride pedophilia while the Al-quds mob want this for canada to make them feel at home along with hanging gays in public.

    Barbara Hall will rue the day she gave a death-cult equal status to a Religion which has helped spread sharia and put 2 jew-hating homophobic Mosques in 2 Public schools which the Muslim Brotherhood could only have dreamed of.

    I just hope I’m alive when the day comes that these useful idiots are in a Jihadists video on the CBC having their heads sawed off by a dull knife as hooded men praise allah.