Legal Matters

The 1985 Female Circumcision Prohibition Act and the Female Genital Mutilation Act (2003) illegalized the practice of FGM for cultural or non-medical reasons.

It is a criminal offence to perform FGM here in theUK, or to takeĀ UK nationals and UK permanent residents to a different country to have FGM done. Any person who is convicted of this offence is liable to serve up to 14 years in prison.