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ISIS' alleged diktat regarding circumcision of Iraqi women: Indian Muslims denounce
Militant group in Iraq, Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) has reportedly ordered Female Genital Mutilation, that is circumcision of women aged between 11 to 49 years. Though it is not yet confirmed but United Nations has already taken cognizance of the alleged diktat by the ISIS and said that it would affect around four million women in the country, if the unconfirmed reports are true.

Intentionally altering the female genital organs of young girls for non-medical reasons through a surgery is called Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) or circumcision. FGM gives birth to many health related issues in women and that is why it is widely condemned by major aid and health groups as a violation of human rights.

The reasons given behind carrying out FGM sounds totally illogical and against feelings of a civilised world. 

One of the reasons is that FGM is undertaken to preserve girls for marriage. It's also seen as a way to protect women from promiscuity, since the genitals contain many nerve endings that enhance sexual pleasure, and cutting them blunts the libido.

Indian actress Freida Pinto who is ambassador for Plan International, a children's rights charity has called the ISIS' diktat horrendous.

On Tuesday (July 22, 2014) Pinto spoke to representatives from 50 nations against female genital mutilation (FGM) along with British Prime Minister David Cameron.

Indian Muslim clerics and Muslim rights groups have reacted furiously over the alleged diktat of ISIS, denounced it and called it un-islamic.

Maulana Yasoob Abbas, Spokesperson for Shia Personal Law Board

Maulana Yasoob AbbasThis is very wrong. This is for the first time I am hearing about Female Genital Mutilation. Islam doesn't support it and will never do that. I fully condemn it and criticize it.

Noorjehan Safia Niaz, Co-founder, Bhartiya Muslim Mahila Andolan

Noorjehan Safia NiazThis is against human rights. It's completely inhuman, anti-women and anti-Islamic practice. Neither it's in the favor of Islam nor in the favor of human rights. So, for me its a barbaric act of ISIS.

Abdul Hameed Nomani, Secretary, Jamiat Ulema-I-Hind

Abdul Hameed NomaniAccording to Islamic law experts FGM is not practical. Whatever has been ordered by ISIS is wrong. This practice had been already abolished a long back. We are not agree in anyway with the diktat or fatwa by the ISIS.

Shumaiza Zaidi, A young Muslim lady

Female Genital Mutilation is completely anti-Islamic. I am totally against it. And I think Muslim should take a stand for themselves against this anti-human voice of ISIS. Pakistani school girl Malala Yousafzai, who is now a prominent women rights activists, had also raised her voice against such inhumane act and making her efforts to abolish it completely.

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