Mother Opens Diaper To Find Son Had Been Circumcised

June 30, 2017
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A mother is describing the distress of discovering her baby son had been circumcised without her consent.

The Nottingham woman said that she opened her son’s nappy to find him covered in blood – and was so distraught she had to leave the room.

She has battled for 4 years for authorities to take action.

Three people have now been arrested. One being a 61-year-old man – thought to be a doctor – on suspicion of grievous bodily harm with intent.

I opened the nappy and I ended up having to leave the room because I felt hysterical,” said the mother, who did not want to be identified.

“It was just awful really, it wasn’t very nice, there was all blood there and stuff.”

The boy was circumcised back in July 2013 when he was 3 months old, and apparently staying with his paternal grandparents, who are Muslim.

The boy’s mother originally contacted social services, then contacted Nottinghamshire Police on 24 November 2014.

An investigation took place but the force deemed it not to be a criminal matter, and the case was referred to the General Medical Council.

The mother later got help from the anti-circumcision group Men Do Complain and leading human rights lawyer Saimo Chahal QC, who wrote to Police.

In the UK, male circumcision is generally assumed to be lawful provided there is valid consent.

However, the Mom believes it amounts to MGM or “male genital mutilation”, and should be viewed in the same way as female genital mutilation (FGM).

“It’s even illegal to dock dogs’ tails. I’ve come home crying my eyes out thinking a dog has got more rights than my child.

“There’s something seriously not right with it all. You can protect a dog, you can protect a girl, but not a boy.”

After the letter was received, police reopened the investigation and arrested three suspects, including the 61-year-old man, on 21 June.

The other two suspects – 44-year-old man and 47-year-old woman believed to be the boy’s paternal grandparents – have been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harm.

Police said all 3 suspects had been released pending further investigation.

In the years since the circumcision, the mother said her son suffered from recurring infections, and his penis regularly becomes inflamed and sore.

“It looks like he’s been half circumcised is the only way to describe it. There’s half the skin, it’s not all the way over.

“It swells up, it gets red and a little bit sore in places.”

She has to apply to her son and was told he may need further surgery when he is older.

Following media coverage about the case, an experienced urologist based in Cambridge has offered to assess the boy and see what can be done to help him.

“When he first started talking he did say a lot that it hurt,” said the mother.

Now he doesn’t really say much because it draws attention to it and he’s getting a bit more private.”

The mother said the circumcision has affected her, as well as her son.

As a new mum I didn’t know what I was doing with a baby anyway, but now I had that added worry on my mind,” she said.

I was really upset about it. It didn’t really get much better from there, it’s just been ongoing really.”

She said a lot of people have failed to empathise with her and her son:

Even a couple of police officers have made remarks like ‘Oh my husband is circumcised, I think it’s better’. Or ‘Oh they are tougher than they look, it will toughen him up’. It’s just silly little comments like that. It’s just heartbreaking. I wrote to MPs and they basically shoved me off. Everybody you speak to it’s like speaking to a brick wall.”The mother said she is relieved that action is finally being taken, and hopes the case will raise awareness. I just can’t believe that we’ve actually got to this point now and it’s taken four years,” said the mother. Nobody was listening when I spoke about it and now it’s being acknowledged worldwide. If anything good can come of what’s happened to my son it’s raising a little bit more awareness to the suffering that comes, and giving people that are thinking of circumcising their children a bit of understanding about what they are doing.”

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