Presenter in studio: Many women fail to please their husbands because their families circumcised them when they were girls. Female circumcision still takes place, not only in the villages. For our show today, we talked with people from all levels of society. We went to clubs, to common places, and to the villages. Female circumcision exists everywhere. It exists in all strata of society, as well as in our minds and our tradition. In my opinion, female circumcision is a very barbaric act. It is barbaric because by performing it, we eliminate the woman’s sensation during [sex]. Let’s see, first of all, what people think in simple villages. Why do you circumcise your girls? How come, after all that’s been said in the media, and after doctors and religious scholars have met with you, you still insist upon circumcising your girls?
[…] Female villager: Circumcision is part of the Sunna of the Prophet. We used to bring a daya, and she would circumcise the children, but when the role of the daya was abolished, we stopped. Now we take our children to the doctor, and he circumcises them.
Interviewer: So it is the doctor who circumcises the girl?
Female villager: Yes. If a girl is not circumcised, she can’t stand it. When she is circumcised, she is calm and has self-restraint. The circumcision protects the girl and makes her clam.
Interviewer: Many people have appeared in the media, on TV, and have said that circumcision harms the girls. What do you think?
Villager: It doesn’t do us any harm. We are used to it…
Interviewer: And it does not cause the woman any problems?
Villager: Not doing it is not normal.
Interviewer: Doesn’t it hurt the girl who is being circumcised?
Villager: No. She performs the circumcision, and the girl sits in warm water, and everything is fine.
Interviewer: The girl doesn’t scream and cry?
Villager: She does, but we hold her down and the woman cuts it.
Interviewer: When you hold her down, doesn’t it affect her psychologically?
Villager: It does, but then she calms down.
Interviewer: Don’t you think she remembers this when she grows up?
Villager: No, that’s it. She will be happy about it.
Villager sheik: They are used to this custom in the rural areas. But this is wrong. This custom is wrong.
Interviewer: You are not advising…
Sheik: I say not to do it, but they say: Our mothers did it and our grandmother did it.
Interviewer: Wasn’t your daughter circumcised?
Sheik: She was. Here’s my wife. She circumcised her behind my back.
Interviewer: Behind your back?
Read it all: it’s really frightening.