International Women's Day is a good time to draw attention to the still persistent crime of FGM.
It is estimated that there are 60,000 women and girls in the UK who are victims of this horrible, mean crime and another 30,000 at risk of being mutilated.
It doesn't matter whether you call this cultural or religious or racial or whatever, it is still horrible. Victims suffer for life. They experience pain instead of pleasure. I suspect that the women who carry it out on girls are motivated less by religious fervour than by envy, a feeling of "Why should she have a complete healthy body when I only have a damaged one?"
The shameful thing is that not one case of this has ever gone to court in Britain. I believe that some perpetrators have been prosecuted in France and we should follow suit. Anybody of any religion or none found preaching in its defense or advocating it should be publicly exposed.
I call for zero tolerance on FGM.