Sheffield & South Yorkshire

Female genital mutilation risk girl, 3, made ward of court

A High Court judge has granted an order protecting a three-year-old girl believed to be at risk of female genital mutilation.

The girl was made a ward of court at a family court hearing following a South Yorkshire Police investigation.

The decision also prevents her family from taking the child out of the country or making travel plans.

Det Sgt Suzanne Bluck said: "Female genital mutilation is a form of child abuse and... it will not be tolerated."

Breaches of the non-molestation order could result in a jail term.

The partial or total removal of external female genitalia is illegal in the UK but the practice occurs in parts of Africa, the Middle East and Asia.

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