Crown Prosecution Service revises advice on female genital mutilation prosecution

Increasingly popular vaginal cosmetic surgery and genital piercing should in most cases not be prosecuted as female genital mutilation (FGM), according to fresh guidance issued by the Crown Prosecution Service.

In an attempt to improve the way police and prosecutors build cases in one of the most controversial areas of law enforcement, the CPS has revised its advice on what constitutes legitimate medical or therapeutic intervention and what amounts to criminal activity.

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