Anticipating your question. Why? Apparently, "It is a preparation for marriage," Miss Bien-Aime said. "If the girl is not circumcised, her chances of being married are very slim."
Ethiopian's trial focuses on female circumcision hat tip John L
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- The trial of an Atlanta-area man accused of circumcising his 2-year-old daughter with scissors is focusing attention on an ancient African practice that experts say is slowly becoming more common in the United States as immigrant communities grow.
Khalid Adem, a 30-year-old immigrant from Ethiopia, is charged with aggravated battery and cruelty to children. Human rights observers said they believe this is the first criminal case in the United States involving the 5,000-year-old practice.
Prosecutors say Mr. Adem used scissors to remove his daughter's clitoris in their apartment in 2001. The child's mother said she did not discover it until more than a year later.
"He said he wanted to preserve her virginity," Fortunate Adem, the girl's mother, testified this week. "He said it was the will of God. I became angry in my mind. I thought he was crazy."
Mrs. Adem said she may not have noticed the cutting sooner because the girl regularly developed rashes -- visiting a doctor two dozen times before she was 3. A doctor testified that tissue in the area heals quickly and that the part of her body that was cut likely would not be checked during a regular exam.
The girl, now 7, also testified, clutching a teddy bear and saying that Mr. Adem "cut me on my private part." Mr. Adem cried loudly as his daughter left the courtroom.