This story makes me cringe. I can't help but putting thinking about how awful that would be, if it was me in that child's shoes.
"Prosecutors say Adem used scissors to remove his daughter’s clitoris in their apartment in 2001. The child’s mother said she did not discover it until more than a year later."
From what I read, it was a year after the "circumcision" when the mother noticed. Wasn't the daughter 3 by that time?...How could the mother not have noticed something that, I would think, would brutally scar her child at that young age...when she's still bathing her daughter? I don't understand.
" “He said he wanted to preserve her virginity,” Fortunate Adem, the girl’s mother, testified this week."
How, exactly, is cutting of her clitoris going to preserve her virginity? That's not how it works. ... But, really, isn't this what it's about?:
"Activists say the practice is intended to deny women sexual pleasure."
"It is unknown how many girls have died from the procedure, either during the cutting or from infections, or years later in childbirth."
Sounds like a good practice to be continuing.