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A 19-year-old Derby student talks with Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa about how she feels “blessed” not to have become a victim of female genital mutilation (FGM).
Ayaan Ahmed told him that a workshop he had supported to raise awareness of the crime had “opened her eyes” to the abuse. This prompted her to give talks about FGM at her school to help all children, and especially those from Somalia, become aware of it. The teenager met the Deputy Commissioner at the offices of the workshop’s organiser – the charity Hamaari that helps East African people integrate in Derby and understand the law.
Mr Dhindsa is a long-time campaigner against FGM. Condemned by many countries around the world, it carries a maximum penalty of 14 years’ imprisonment in England and Wales. “I urge people to take any suspicions to the police about this greatly under-reported and brutal crime,” he said.
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