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Female circumcision in Egypt still widespread

2 September 2010 Last updated at 13:22 BST

A doctor in Egypt is being taken to court for carrying out an illegal operation to circumcise young girls.

It follows the death of a 13-year-old, from a village in the Nile Delta, in the north of the country.

An investigation has raised fears that the practice of female genital mutilation, which was banned two years ago, is still widespread in Egypt.

Yolande Knell reports.