Man Jailed For Circumcision
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|Wed, 04-02-2003 - 11:22am|
Duluth man accused of circumcising daughter
By LATEEF MUNGIN
Atlanta Journal-Constitution Staff Writer
In Africa, it's a cultural celebration. In Gwinnett, (County, GA) it is a crime.
Police arrested a 27-year-old man Friday morning for allegedly circumcising his 2-year-old daughter with a pair of scissors.
Khalid Adem of Duluth (GA) was charged with cruelty to children and aggravated battery, said Cpl. Dan Huggins.
Police were alerted to the incident by Adem's wife this week. The actual circumcision took place in 2001, Huggins said.
"I can't remember ever having a case like this," he said. Adem and his wife are from Ethiopia, police said.
The traditional African practice of female circumcision has been denounced for decades by health and human rights activists. In some areas in Africa the act can involve a coming-of-age ritual celebrated with feasting, drumming, dancing and gifts.
Opponents claim the act, that may involve the removal of the clitoris or all of the external genitalia, is extremely painful and unsafe.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that more than 160,000 girls and women in immigrant communities in the United States may have undergone circumcision.
An estimated 135 million of the world's women and girls have undergone circumcision, according to Amnesty International.
Adem allegedly committed the act at his home in the 2000 block of Satellite Boulevard. A medical examination confirmed the procedure had been performed, Huggins said.
Adem is being held at the Gwinnett County jail in lieu of a $100,000 bond .
It happens to 3,500 boys every day and they locked this guy up. And a $100,000 bond? I think somebody is blowing this way out of proportion. Must be a bunch of gay, extremist, mentally unbalanced, cultist, anti-circs!