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.
Isis orders all women and girls in Mosul to undergo FGM, says UN http://t.co/OW6nwo7nUU .Horrendous! This has to be averted.— Freida Pinto (@BecauseImFreida) July 24, 2014
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
This 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
This 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
According 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.