At a joint meeting of three parliamentary committees, Minister of Justice Tea Tsulukiani stated that a new bill is being prepared that will forbid the practice of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).
“We will soon present the Istanbul Convention which is a big package of juridical changes. Up to 20 laws will be changed. A couple of days ago we included a specific article on female genital mutilation, which will criminalize the practice”, said Tea Tsulukiani.
The Institute for War & Peace Reporting (IWPR) reported that hundreds of girls from Georgia’s ethnic Avar community have been forced to undergo female genital mutilation (FGM). The Georgian authorities told the IWPR that they were unaware that the practise was being carried out in the Kvareli district of Kakheti, which has a large, muslim Avar population.
FGM, also known as female circumcision, has been condemned by the director of the National Centre for Disease Control. In addition to being inhumane, the practise carries numerous health risks, including infection, hepatitis and tetanus.
On November 13, the Public Defender of Georgia condemned the practise as one of the most radical forms of human rights violations. FGM is generally performed at hom.