(AFP) – Aug 20, 2010
CAIRO — An Egyptian doctor has been arrested after she performed a botched circumcision that killed a young girl, a newspaper reported on Friday.
The independent daily Shorouk reported that police were alerted to the death of the girl, whose body was illegally buried to hide the crime, after a call to a help line the government set up to monitor female circumcision.
The doctor, from the Nile Delta governate of Menufiya, has been referred to a criminal court, the paper reported.
The sometimes deadly practice of female circumcision was banned in Egypt in 2007, but is believed still to be common.
A 2005 government report found that more than 95 percent of Egyptian women had undergone the extremely painful procedure which can severely mutilate the genitals.
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