Advertisement
Advertisement

Swedish police arrest amateur circumciser

Share this article

Swedish police arrest amateur circumciser
16:31 CEST+02:00
Swedish police have arrested a woman on suspicion of aggravated assault, after two young boys were circumcized in Eksjö, central Sweden.

The two boys, both of whom are younger than ten, were circumcised on Sunday.

"The police received a call on Sunday from someone who had heard the boys screaming," local police spokesman Göran Gunnarsson told the TT news agency.

The police encountered a 36-year-old woman, believed to be related to the boys, at the scene. She has been arrested on suspicion of aggravated assault, as it is illegal to perform a circumcision without the procedure being supervised by a medical professional.

In 2001, the Swedish parliament passed a law to protect boys against being circumcised without a professional present. The legislation was designed to safeguard them against discomfort, pain, as well as help prevent potential infection.

The prosecutor assigned to the case in Eksjö told Sveriges Radio (SR) that the boys were doing well despite the circumstances.

The bulk of male circumcisions in Sweden take place withing the Jewish and Muslim populations, with the practice being extremely rare in the wider population. According to a September 2012 report by Sveriges Television (SVT), Swedish health authorities estimate that around 3,000 male circumcisions take place in the country each year.

"You've got to be practical. We can't say 'You can't circumcise your children because we don't do that here in Sweden', because it will happen anyway," Gothenburg paediatrician Tomas Arvidsson told SR in 2006.

"Which means we have to perform circumcision, and the least we can do is to have certified personnel to take care of the operation."

TT/The Local/at

Follow The Local on Twitter

Share this article

Advertisement
Advertisement

From our sponsors

Why you need a EuroBonus American Express Card

There are a lot of airlines out there – and a plethora of loyalty programmes. They all promise a dozen benefits – but also an awful lot of fine print. How often do you actually understand the system well enough to take advantage of the perks?


Database error:

You have an error in your SQL syntax; check the manual that corresponds to your MySQL server version for the right syntax to use near ')
			ORDER BY
				entries.ENTRY_MODIFIED DESC
			LIMIT
				10' at line 20