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Kenyan mother ‘jailed for circumcising twins’

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A woman in Central Kenya has been jailed for six years for forcing her 13-year-old twin daughters to undergo female genital mutilation, a charity involved in the case has told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

Florence Muthoni, from Tharaka-Nithi county, was arrested on Wednesday and sentenced by a magistrate’s court the following day in the town of Chuka, Thomson Reuters Foundation reports.

FGM, which involves removing all or part of a girl or woman’s external genitalia – including the clitoris, was outlawed in Kenya in 2011.

But the practice continues in some communities who see it as a rite of passage or as necessary socially if a girl wants to get married.

Ms Chege said the twins were receiving medical treatment.

The police were still investigating the matter as their mother had refused to say who had performed the circumcisions, she added.

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