Forget universal healthcare; forget universal basic income; senior Muslim cleric Mufti Ismail Berdiyev wants universal female genital mutilation (FGM).
Berdiyev, leader of the North Caucasus Muslim Coordination Center in Russia, argues that applying FGM to all women “would be very good.” The operation does not stop women from reproducing, he adds, and “there would be less fornication” if all women were circumcised.
Female genital mutilation generally results in the loss of sensation, which is the goal in this case, and often causes infections – yet Berdiyev insists that the disgusting practice is “absolutely harmless to health.”
Berdiyev’s words come in response to a report released by the Russian Justice Initiative. The report, released earlier this week, condemns FGM as a “malicious and perverted practice.”
Russian orthodox cleric Vsevolod Chaplin explains that Muslims have a right to the “time-honored tradition” of FGM, buts adds that “you probably don’t need to circumcise all women. There’s no need with Orthodox women as they don’t fornicate anyway.”
The practice of female genital mutilation has come into the light in recent years, with UN chief Ban Ki-Moon beginning a global campaign in 2015 to end the practice. “The first steps towards the total eradication of the practice of female genital mutilation should be the rejection of silence and debunking the myths associated with this practice,” argues Ban.
Berdiyev has faced serious criticism for his suggestion that every female should be circumcised, and the cleric changed his tune when threatened with criminal prosecution: “I jokingly said that it would be good if that happened everywhere. But people don’t understand.”
UNICEF estimates that nearly 200 million women and girls have been subjected to FGM; 44 million were younger than 15 when it happened. More than half of these individuals live in Muslim-dominated countries like Egypt, Indonesia, and Ethiopia.
Editor’s note: Lest you believe this is only a “radical Islamic” practice, read the number again. That’s 200 million.