NHS doctor accused of female genital mutilation, first British trial of its kind

NHS doctor accused of female genital mutilation, first British trial of its kind

On Wednesday, a doctor accused of carrying out female genital mutilation used a model of a woman's vagina to defend himself against the allegation.

Dhanuson Dharmasena, 32, is the doctor who has been accused of carrying out this procedure at the Whittington Hospital in north London. It is said that the woman, known only as AB, was rushed to hospital in emergency labor there Dharmasena had to undo the FGM and cut her open to deliver the baby. Later, he sewed the woman up by bringing her two bits of skin together, it is said that she should have been sutured on each side separately.

The case dates back to November 2012 when he re-did the FGM that was carried out on the women as a six-year-old in Somalia. He said that the woman was "insistent" that she wanted stitching back up. The prosecution alleges that Dharmasena sewed the labia together again afterwards, thereby performing FGM.

He added that the woman's English was not very good but he believed that what he did that time was her wish as someone in the delivery room was translating. At the same time, he denies the fact that he was a "puppet" to her demands in any way.

Justifying his actions Dharmasena told the jury that he was acting in the woman's best interests to stop bleeding from the incision that he had made. On being asked about his personal attitude to FGM, he said, "I regard FGM as an abhorrent practice which does not have any justification in our society". He also told the jury there was no medical justification for FGM.

Dharmasena is a Sri Lankan-born doctor, who moved to Britain as a child. It is said that he had been working at the hospital for just over a month as a junior registrar.


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