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Cutting, tearing, erasing, or otherwise changing a document in a way that changes or destroys its legal effect. It is a federal crime to mutilate public records, coins, or passports.

In Criminal Law, the crime of violently, maliciously, and intentionally giving someone a serious permanent wound.

See: defacement, defect, detriment, harm

MUTILATION, crim. law. The depriving a man of the use of any of those limbs, which may be useful to him in fight, the loss of which amounts to mayhem. 1 Bl. Com. 130.

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Female genital mutilation includes all procedures that involve partial or total removal of the external genitalia for non-medical reasons.
Victims experience g art from rmal "It is seen as a normal thing to do in society and if families refuse for their daughter to undergo female genital mutilation they will have to face the consequences of being ostracised from society.
Female genital mutilation, formerly known in the UK as 'female circumcision', involves ritual intimate cutting, sometimes without anaesthetic, and has been linked to a raft of lifelong health complications.
A renowned scholar, Sheikh Abdul-Hafeez Ariremako, made the clarification in Ibadan, Oyo State, at a programme organised by the Group of Muslim Professionals in commemoration of WHO's International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation.
According to him, female genital mutilation is a gross violation of the human rights of women and girls, World News reported.
This debate follows the recent filing by a medical doctor of a petition at the High Court in Machakos, seeking to have female genital mutilation decriminalised.
Marking the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), the UN agency heads described the practice as "cruel" practice" that inflicts emotional harm and preys on girls between infancy and age 15, the most vulnerable members of society, calling it a "violation of human rights".
Tenders are invited for Purchase of Services to support victims of Female Genital Mutilation, Honour Based Violence, forced Marriage
A COUPLE are to face trial accused of genital mutilation of their daughter at their home.
com/immigration-deportation-female-genital-mutilation-his-daughter-gets-man-kicked-out-us-2508277) Immigration Deportation: Female Genital Mutilation Of His Daughter Gets Man Kicked Out Of US
NEW DELHI" Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit on Wednesday rejected allegations of Indian soldiers' mutilation -- EW DELHI" Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit on Wednesday rejected allegations of Indian soldiers' mutilation, clearly stating that 'no such incident has occurred along the line of control (LoC)'.
ISLAMABAD -- Pakistan on Tuesday informed India that Pakistan Army is a professional military outfit and upholds highest standards of conduct thus allegations of mutilation are attempt to divert world attention from situation within the valley.