Legalise Female Genital Mutilation, Dr Tatu Kamau in court
The court has begun hearing a case by Dr Tatu Kamau, a medical doctor who is seeking to have Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) legalized.
Dr Kamau also wants the anti-FGM board, the body tasked with the responsibility to effect the campaign against the practice, disbanded.
”” she argues in her application.
The medical doctor further wants an order that declares the prohibition of FGM unconstitutional.
Dr Kamau argues that prohibiting FGM infringes on an individual’s freedom of choice and prevents people from practicing their cultures.
She argues that banning FGM effectively imposes the Western culture on Kenyans.
Other respondents in the case are the Attorney General; listed as the first respondent and the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP); listed as the third respondent.
Advocacy groups opposing the application have also been enjoined in the case: the
Justice David Kemei at the Machakos Law Courts who was hearing the application referred it to the Chief Justice noting that it has generated public interest.
The Female Genital Mutilation Act was passed in 2011 to protect people from harm by means of this practice.
Currently, anyone found guilty of FGM could serve a sentence of not less than three years or pay a fine of Ksh. 200,000.
Despite this, it continues to be prevalent in some parts of the country.
Dr Kamau went to court for the first time in January 2018 citing infringement on women rights