Gambian Parents Jailed in Spain for Circumcising Daughters

Fiona Govan, Telegraph (London), May 23, 2013

In what is believed to be the toughest sentence in Europe to date for parents who allowed genital mutilation on their daughters, Binta Sankano and her husband Sekou Tutay, were sentenced to six years for each crime against their young daughters.

A panel of judges at the Provincial Court in Barcelona ruled that the parents, both of Gambian nationality and resident in Spain for 20 years, were criminally responsible for the clitoridectomy performed on both their daughters.

“The couple deliberately mutilated their young daughters either directly or through a person of unknown identity,” said the written judgement. “Female circumcision is not a culture. It is mutilation and discrimination against women.”

The case came to light when doctors examined the girls in January 2011 and discovered that both had undergone a procedure of female genital mutilation during a period of six months since their last examination. They were aged six and 11 at the time.

It is one of the first such cases to be successfully prosecuted in Spain because despite not knowing exactly when or who carried out the procedures it was proven that they must have occurred on Spanish soil and not on a visit to Gambia and that the parents were aware it was illegal.

The parents accepted in court that the family had not travelled from their home in Villanova I la Gertru, a small town 25 miles south of Barcelona, to Gambia since 2009.

Social services had visited the parents in 2008 and discussed the issue of female circumcision.

“On that occasion the woman made a promise as a mother not to undertake such a practice on her daughters,” the court ruling stated.

Both parents denied knowledge of their daughters having undergone any procedure and Sankano insisted that she was not aware that such a practice was illegal in Spain.

The written judgement observed the “inevitable clash of cultures” that occurs with migration but said: “Respect for cultural traditions must be limited against the respect for human rights as universally recognised.”

There are no reliable figures for how many female circumcisions take place in Spain each year.

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  • Spartacus

    This is cultural imperialism ! Unfair !

  • David Ashton

    What about circumcising baby boys? Just a thought, to stir things up a bit.

    • Romulus

      Well… We’re only talking about removing a little excess skinn for better hygenic practices not removing a body part.

  • bigone4u

    After their prison time is up, I suppose it’s too much to ask to deport them but first sterilize them so they have no more children to mutilate.

    • The__Bobster

      Hell, the usual suspects want to allow Bantu females into America on special visas because they face the threat of FGM. Of course, they’d bring in their male relatives shortly afterward.

      • GeneticsareDestiny

        Also, female circumcisions tend to be done by Bantu females against other Bantu females. Mothers and aunts do it to their daughters and nieces.

        Even if we didn’t let in any males, it would keep happening.

      • Romulus

        Spain is loaded with the usual suspects .

    • borogirl54

      Good Idea.

  • An appeal will be made to the UN that the punishment is to harsh.
    The UN will put pressure on the EU.
    The EU will put pressure on Spain.
    And they will be quietly set free in a few months.

    • evilsandmich

      Stuff like FGM, the stoning of women who have been raped, and hanging of homosexuals makes the liberal mind double back on itself. Those loons start to drool on themselves as their mind gets stuck in a divide by zero loop.

  • Rick Brooks

    Deport, deport, deport!! In a sane country they’d be shipped back to Gambia where they belong. Instead society is stuck footing the bill for the care and upkeep of these primitive animals for the next six years.

  • JohnEngelman

    Liberals like to blame European colonialism for everything that is wrong with sub Saharan Africa. I blame European colonialists for not doing enough to eliminate evil practices endemic in sub Saharan Africa.

    • Sick of it

      Trying to create some sort of syncretic religion from essentially Christianity and voodoo wasn’t a great idea either.

    • David Ashton

      Either way “we” are all guilty.

  • IstvanIN

    Serious question here: why is it ok to perform a medically unnecessary circumcision on a male but not on a female? Mind you, I am not for female circumcision, but why sanction a barbaric rite for one group and not another?

    • itdoesnotmatter

      Deport these primitives, for crying out loud.
      But, what do you want to bet?
      A pro bono international “immigrants’ rights” lawyer will step forward, declare the Gambians’ religious rights “violated,” demand a delay or rehearing, eventually rescuing them from serving out their sentences.
      Spain, stand your ground.

    • Juan Outtamany

      one prevents infection and is a practiced Jewish and western treatment(male) the other removes sensation (female) to keep them chaste.

      the brutality of the description is all you need to read.

  • Sloppo

    The parents may or may not be harshly penalized, but the certainty is that lawyers will win big and taxpayers will lose big.

  • Sloppo

    It’s much cheaper to deport them than it is to keep them around.