The Royal Australian New Zealand College of Obstetricians is considering approving a modified form of female genital mutilation (FGM) in Australia’s hospitals. Since a growing number of Australian immigrant parents are already performing the mutilation on their baby girls at home, officials hope to mitigate the worst effects by having a modified version of the procedure performed by licensed surgeons under hospital conditions. Opponents of this idea say that it will help legitimize a barbaric custom.
In other news, a bomb blast derailed a train in West Bengal, India, throwing it into the path of an oncoming freight train and killing at least fifteen people. Maoist guerillas are considered the most likely culprits behind the attack.
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