Estimated read time: Less than a minute
This archived news story is available only for your personal, non-commercial use. Information in the story may be outdated or superseded by additional information. Reading or replaying the story in its archived form does not constitute a republication of the story.
CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's parliament is to vote on tougher penalties for female genital mutilation, after the Cabinet approved a bill to redefine it as a felony.
In a report carried on state news agency MENA on Sunday, the Health Ministry says that if passed, the new law would increase prison sentences for carrying out the procedure to between five and seven years, and up to 15 years if a child dies.
Female genital mutilation was criminalized in 2008 but remains widespread in Egypt.
In May, a 17-year-old girl died of a suspected stroke while under anesthesia during while undergoing female circumcision in the city of Suez.
The U.N. estimates at least 200 million girls and women in 30 countries have undergone the procedure, with half of them in Egypt, Ethiopia and Indonesia.
Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.