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First Female Genital Mutilation Charges In UK
A doctor and another man will be charged in the first UK prosecution for female genital mutilation, the CPS has said.
Dr Dhanoun Dharmasena, from the Whittington Hospital in London, and Hasan Mohamed, who is not a medic, will be charged under the Female Genital Mutilation Act.
Dr Dharmasena, 31, from Ilford, Essex, allegedly carried out the procedure on a woman who had given birth at the hospital in November 2012.
Mr Mohamed, 40, from N7, London, encouraged and helped him, it is claimed.
The pair will appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court on April 15.
John Cameron, NSPCC Head of Child Protection Operations, said: "This is great news for the fight against female genital mutilation.
"The fact that we hadn't previously had a prosecution in the UK for this child abuse despite it being a crime for almost 30 years is unacceptable."
Prosecutors also looked at four other cases of female genital mutilation.
One was a new case and three were reconsidered after decisions to take no further action.
The CPS found there was insufficient evidence to bring charges.
One of the old cases involved a man calling a female genital mutilation helpline, intended for victims, to ask for the procedure to be carried out on his two daughters.
The new case involved two parents accused of taking their daughter abroad to have the procedure.
The CPS is also considering four other cases.
Female genital mutilation was made a criminal offence in the UK in 1985.
In 2003, the maximum sentence was increased from five to 14 years in jail.