On a seemingly typical weekday in the summer school holidays, a new mother took her two-week-old girl to a suburban GP’s office in Perth.
Only, it was not for a check-up. Sabrina Lightbody and her mother, Norida Binte Mohd, were instead looking for a doctor they hoped would be sympathetic to their wish to have the infant girl circumcised in a procedure they knew was illegal in Australia.
The procedure, where the clitoris is pricked to draw blood, was historically considered “a gift to God” in Singapore, where the women emigrated from.
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