The Guardian newspaper today reports on the early stages of Australia’s first prosecution of female genital mutilation.

The mother, known as A2, is accused of arranging for two of her daughters to undergo FGM when they were each seven years old between 2010 and 2012. She is also accused of being present when the woman known as KM did the procedure.

A high ranking member of the clergy in the Dawoodi Bohra Shia Muslim community, is accused of helping the two women after the fact by telling people interviewed by police to say they did not believe in or practice FGM in Australia.

The trial is expected to run for six weeks.

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