Sudan finally officially forbids excision

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In some countries of the world, barbaric practices like excision are still common. Sudan was one of these countries, but a new law will finally put an end to this custom. Now female genital mutilation is considered a crime under Sudanese law and will be punishable by up to three years in prison.

The permanent abolition of an age-old practice

The Sovereign Council of Sudan, the country’s highest authority, has ratified a law banning the widespread practice of female genital mutilation, the justice ministry said. The move gives the women’s rights movement a long-awaited victory. The council, comprising of military and civilian authorities, has approved a series of laws which state that female genital mutilation (FGM) or cutting is now a crime, insofar as it ” undermines the dignity of women “The ministry said in a statement.

Thanks to this new law, anyone who dares to practice FGM is liable to a sentence of up to three years in prison accompanied by heavy fines. Individuals are not the only ones to be affected by the new law; clinics or any other institution practicing excision are also subject to this legislation and risk closure in the event of a break-in. Note that this new law dates from April, but it was not promulgated and published in the Official Journal until Thursday July 9.

This long-awaited change follows a wave of protests by Sudanese women in 2019, demanding respect for their most basic rights. This movement by Sudanese women has helped overthrow the old regimeOmar al-Bashir who over the past 30 years have confiscated women’s freedom and rights, placing them under the tutelage of men. Despite the adoption of this new law, the transition will still be difficult, because excision is a practice firmly rooted in Sudanese custom. In particular, FGM is seen as a means of preserving the chastity and purity of women.

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Many changes in sight for Sudan

In addition to the prohibition of female circumcision, other measures to guarantee respect for the rights of women have also been taken. According to RFI, Sudanese women will no longer need travel permits from male family members to travel as they wish. The same goes for their children. Another major change in sight, apostasy will now be decriminalized. This means that Sudanese people now have the right to change their religion without being punished by law. Finally, Sudanese women will also have the right to choose a spouse outside of their religion.

Women are not the only ones to have benefited from reforms in Sudanese law. Sudan has indeed decided to allow non-Muslims to consume alcohol in the country, reported France 24. Remember that drinking alcoholic beverages in Sudan was considered a crime since the regime of the former president Jaafar Nimeiri who introduced Islamic law in 1983.

Sudan finally officially forbids excision

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