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Lebanon 17 for males and 9 for females
Saudi Arabia: None currently, legislation for age 18 is being considered
Sri Lanka: 18. However, Muslims can be excluded from this regulation because the Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act of 1951 states that a girl must be 12 years of age or have a Quazi's permission to marry before contracting into marriage. This is applicable only for Muslims in Sri Lanka.
Yemen: In practice, "Yemeni law allows girls of any age to wed, but it forbids sex with them until the indefinite time they’re 'suitable for sexual intercourse'." Following the widely publicised divorce of a 10 year-old girl in 2008, there have been public and parliamentary efforts to raise the age to 17 or 18.[/ex
# Sudan: Puberty, with requirement for willing consent of both parties.
Sunni Islam 70%
Brunei: No minimum marriage age specified
Brunei's population is 65% Muslim, 15% Buddhist, and 10% Christian.
Although there is a wide range of normal ages, girls typically begin the process of puberty at age 10, boys at age 12
Female Genital Mutilation
Sanctuary for Families provides legal and clinical services to hundreds of girls and women affected by female genital mutilation (FGM) each year. Many of our clients have either survived the procedure, are at risk of being cut, or are fighting to protect a girl from going through it. For our clients, the practice of genital mutilation goes hand in hand with other forms of gender-based violence, including domestic abuse and forced marriage.
What is female genital mutilation?
Roughly 100-140 million women worldwide live with the consequences of FGM, and an estimated 3 million girls are at risk each year.
While the practice varies even within communities, it typically involves the cutting or removal of the female sex organs. In some cases, the cutter sews the genital area shut, leaving only a small hole for urine and menstrual blood. Most often, no anesthesia, antiseptic or analgesic is provided, and the instruments are used on many girls at a time without sterilization. Depending on the family, a girl may be cut from birth to her teenage years, and some women are cut even after marriage.
There is no medical purpose whatsoever to this practice. The immediate results of FGM can include extreme physical pain, shock, tetanus, hemorrhage, infection, sepsis, and death. The practice also has a significant, negative, life-long impact on women and girls, including pain, irritation, inflammation, infection, and severe psychological consequences including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Depression. FGM also completely eliminates sexual pleasure for women and can cause intense pain and bleeding during intercourse. Menstruation, pregnancy and childbirth can be adversely affected....
genital mutilation continues to be widely practiced in the US and other industrialized countries. It is now reserved for infants whose clitorises are considered "too large". The Intersex Society of North America (www.isna.org...) is a support group, many of whose members have been genitally mutilated. I attach a jpeg image with photos of the genitals of four such individuals. These photos were taken this month--Sept 1996--at a support group meeting.
We have been striving for three years, since the inception of ISNA, to make our story public, and to combat the continued use of genital surgery on infants. So far, reaction from most quarters has been stony, at best. I think that this may represent a cultural imperialist attitude which rushes to condone "irrational" practices in third world countries, but balks at examining the cultural underpinnings of "modern, rational" medical practice.
Clitoral surgeries of the type that are currently practiced were developed at Johns Hopkins in the 1940s under Lawson Wilkins, and in the 1950s and 1960s spread from there, mainly via his students, to hospitals throughout the US and the world.... www.h-net.org...
Wow how quickly we forget about the Mutilation of males in the united states is widely accepted as normal.
Long-term consequences can include: * recurrent bladder and urinary tract infections; * cysts; * infertility; * an increased risk of childbirth complications and newborn deaths; * the need for later surgeries. For example, the FGM procedure that seals or narrows a vaginal opening (type 3 above) needs to be cut open later to allow for sexual intercourse and childbirth. Sometimes it is stitched again several times, including after childbirth, hence the woman goes through repeated opening and closing procedures, further increasing and repeated both immediate and long-term risks.
Procedures Female genital mutilation is classified into four major types. * Clitoridectomy: partial or total removal of the clitoris (a small, sensitive and erectile part of the female genitals) and, in very rare cases, only the prepuce (the fold of skin surrounding the clitoris). * Excision: partial or total removal of the clitoris and the labia minora, with or without excision of the labia majora (the labia are "the lips" that surround the vagina). * Infibulation: narrowing of the vaginal opening through the creation of a covering seal. The seal is formed by cutting and repositioning the inner, or outer, labia, with or without removal of the clitoris. * Other: all other harmful procedures to the female genitalia for non-medical purposes, e.g. pricking, piercing, incising, scraping and cauterizing the genital area.
and no offense... BUT WTF does that have to do with muslim's/islamic child molestation?
- Arizona: no statutory minimum, under 18 with parental consent, under 16 with approval of a superior court judge and parental consent. (statute)
- California: no statutory minimum, those under 18 must receive approval of a superior court judge, or parental consent.
Does that mean that child molestation is legal in Arizona and California?