Parents in Imo State face imprisonment if they circumcise their daughters, should the bill against Female Genital Mutilation, FGM, is passed into law by the House of Assembly.
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This was made known by Gov. Rochas Okorocha on Monday at the launch of the campaign against FGM, an initiative of his wife, Mrs. Nkechi Okorochas, in collaboration with United Nations Fund for Population Agency (UNFPA),
Urging the State House of Assembly to expedite action on the passage of the bill, Gov. Okorocha condemned female genital mutilation.
Speaking at the occasion, he described the practice as: “Barbaric cultures, which are not beneficial to the people, should be abolished.”
He said further: “This is harmful ancient practice has been outlawed in this state and a bill to put a permanent stop it will be passed into law very soon and let me warn those who are still indulging in this practice to be ready to go to jail if caught because there would no option of fine.”