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Man jailed for illegally circumcising young boys

TT/The Local/dl · 14 Dec 2010, 12:36

Published: 14 Dec 2010 12:36 GMT+01:00

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A 50-year-old Egyptian citizen was sentenced by Södertorn District Court on Monday to two months in prison for illegally removing the foreskin from small boys.

The man was on trial for having circumcised nine boys without a licence to do so issued by the National Board of Health and Welfare (Socialstyrelsen).

The case marked the first time that Sweden's law on circumcising boys had been tested in court since coming into force nine years ago.

He was also convicted for assault for having circumcised a boy from Tierp in eastern Sweden without sufficient anaesthesia and two counts of causing bodily harm involving two brothers from the Stockholm suburb of Botkyrka who suffered tissue damage, pain and loss of circulation from a bandage that was used as a tourniquet.

During the trial, a film was shown to support allegations that the boy from Tierp wasn't sufficiently anesthetized during the procedure.

In addition to serving time in prison, the man must also pay 14,600 kronor ($2,140) in compensation to a boy from Tierp, as well as 4,600 kronor to the two other boys, the local Arbetarbladet newspaper reported on Tuesday.

According to the Swedish law, which came into force in 2001, only people with a special licence issued by the health board can perform circumcisions for non-medical reasons and only on children younger than two months old.

Doctors can also carry out the procedure, including on older children.

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The 50-year-old previously had a licence to perform circumcisions, but the health board revoked it because of doubts about his abilities.

The health board doesn't think Sweden's law works, estimating that only one-third of the roughly 3,000 boys circumcised for religious reasons in Sweden each year have the procedure performed by people with authorisation.

TT/The Local/dl (news@thelocal.se)

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13:41 December 14, 2010 by byke
Bet he feels a right dick now.
14:08 December 14, 2010 by Rap43
Personally, I wonder where they got the tip off...
14:41 December 14, 2010 by eZee.se
A real schmuck...
14:44 December 14, 2010 by Syftfel
And jailed he should be!
15:14 December 14, 2010 by Swedesmith
When I was circumsised, I had the skin tanned and made a nice belt out of it....and a brief case. I am still trying to decide what to make with the rest. Maybe a nice leather sofa.
15:38 December 14, 2010 by Tanskalainen
Comment removed by The Local for breach of our terms.
17:10 December 14, 2010 by calebian22
A sofa? Are you a man or a whale, Swedesmith? :-)
17:37 December 14, 2010 by ilockitdown
2 months? what fail
17:50 December 14, 2010 by stillwatersrd

From the old joke about two men urinating over the side of a bridge . . . you would be the guy with the comeback, 'Yeah, and it's deep,too.'
18:54 December 14, 2010 by Tanskalainen
@Swedesmith After my circumsision I had the foreskin made into a nice wallet but every time a Swedish blond walks by it turns into a suitcase!
21:13 December 14, 2010 by BigBilly
@Swedesmith When you were cut they threw away the wrong bit.
21:37 December 14, 2010 by truthordare
Why is it when they perform this barbaric act on boys it's called circumcision, but when they perform this equally barbaric act on girls it's called body mutilation?
22:21 December 14, 2010 by mkvgtired
@truthordare, you can hardly compare these two acts. I, personally, wish i wasnt circumcised. I am glad the trend of automatically doing it at birth is beginning to reverse. That being said, the way females are "circumcised" is barbaric. Typically no anesthesia is used, and rusty tools or even broken glass is used to cut off the clitoris. Then the labias are sewn together with only a hole large enough for urine to drain out. That coupled with the fact that the girls are typically old enough to remember the procedure makes female "circumcision" much more barbaric.
22:32 December 14, 2010 by wxman
I understand he provided his services for free. He worked just for the tips!
22:49 December 14, 2010 by Cornelius Hamelberg
Poor boys.

They cannot opt to be un-circumcised

I hope that their illegal circumcisions are still valid... since they will have to live with it the rest of their lives
23:23 December 14, 2010 by Tanskalainen
@Cornelius define "valid".
02:20 December 15, 2010 by Hugh7
@Mkgvtired: when you compare tribal with tribal, surgical with surgical, they're not so different. The first 6 boys have died of circumcision this season in Eastern Cape Province alone. 91 last year. Many others lost their penis. How many in all of Africa? Surgical sterile FGC was legal in the developed world until a few years ago. Comparisons are odious. Both are human rights violations. Both must end. Forgotten and unremembered crimes are still crimes, or what would be the matter with drug-rape?
02:46 December 15, 2010 by mrbbq
Sweden legitimizes this unethical and harmful act of foreskin removal by granting licenses to people to perform it. The foreskin is functional and contributes to sexual enjoyment for both partners. A man has a right to his full sexuality and his body should not be interfered with simply for "cultural reasons".

Under what principle do we consider it acceptable to perform unnecessary surgery on children who cannot give consent? If this is acceptable, what other forms of surgery or body modification may we also perform on children simply because we are their parents? Can we give them tatoos? Remove other parts of their body, like their earlobes or nipples? Can we give them piercings? Why is it only OK to remove penis parts but nothing else?

Unnecessary surgery on a non-consenting minor is by definition unethical and also illegal. The government should not be complicit in allowing this inhumane and damaging procedure to continue.
02:49 December 15, 2010 by Pat796
I'm not surprised that the law doesn't work. The crime is committed against a child too young to possibly speak out about it, and is done with the parents' explicit permission. I'm sure doctors (or even non-licenced individuals) frequently get away with it, as they do in the USA.
02:53 December 15, 2010 by mkvgtired
I stand corrected. I was unaware that male circumcision was popular in Africa except by trained doctors in an effort to prevent the spread of STDs. The first I have heard about male circumcision (adult) in Africa was by Western doctors because of the reduced risk of contracting HIV. If you have any information on this practice please post, I would be interested in reading it.
09:18 December 15, 2010 by flintis
They should castrate this person & jail the parents that allowed him to mutilate their children. Marvellous that animals have more rights than babies, who are not allowed to choose whether or not they can have a complete donger.
15:57 December 15, 2010 by ea1958
Better he be held indefinitely in a mental health facility, until a committee feels he is sane again.

PS-This is the worst website I've seen in ten years for pop-up ads and the like:-(
02:56 December 16, 2010 by Hugh7
@mkvglived: This server won't let me send a lot of links, but here's a typical one: http://articles.latimes.com/2010/aug/23/world/la-fg-africa-circumcision-20100823
18:29 December 16, 2010 by RubyRed
What's the fuss about? Male circumcision isnt actually harmful, in fact men are less likely to get get infections, plus from a female point of view it looks better. But that doesnt detract from the fact he didnt have a licence and thats the point in question, he didnt not operate within the confindes of Swedish law, which is unacceptable.

By the way circumcision should be done shortly after birth (8 days to be exact, but only if the baby is healthy for those of the Jewish faith) and certainly not when a child is circa. 9 years old! All Jewish boys are circumcised and I dont think its ever harmed them :)

Female circumcision is quite different and one can not compare the two, look at the fatality rates of women who undergo this barbarick act!

* The removal of the tip of the clitoris;

* Total removal of the clitoris and surrounding labia;

* The removal of the clitoris and labia and the sewing up of the vagina, leaving only a small opening for urine and menstrual blood - a process known as infibulation.

So drastic is the mutilation involved in the latter operation that young brides have to be cut open to allow penetration on their wedding night and are customarily sewn up afterwards.

Long-term consequences can include:

* recurrent bladder and urinary tract infections;

* cysts;

* infertility;

* an increased risk of childbirth complications and newborn deaths;

* the need for later surgeries. For example, the FGM procedure that seals or narrows a vaginal opening (type 3 above) needs to be cut open later to allow for sexual intercourse and childbirth. Sometimes it is stitched again several times, including after childbirth, hence the woman goes through repeated opening and closing procedures, further increasing and repeated both immediate and long-term risks.

So boys, having your "pully" snipped isnt too bad really, and women actually prefer the look of it, could you say the same about a women who has been mutilated down stairs?
18:57 December 16, 2010 by motti
you might also add that women with Jewish partners were less likely to suffer from cancer in their nether regions. I found women being fascinated by my circumcised manhood, at least in countries where circumcison was not practised. anyway, it is easier for a man to hold on much better when circumcised. there is no flabby foreskin to wobble into an ejaculation.

healthy dick's forever!!
22:39 December 16, 2010 by Triple Play
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16:31 December 17, 2010 by Hoath

A survey this year in the USA showed that 1 in 11,000 boys who undergo the operation actually die from complications (Thymos: Journal of Boyhood Studies Volume 4, Number 1 / Spring 2010, P78-90)

I wouldn't call that 'actually harmless' by any sense of the words.

10:41 December 19, 2010 by ebbelwoiguy
Ruby Red: so quick to applaud the male procedure but condemn the female.

"Women prefer the look of it"...especially women conditioned to accept the mutilation as "normal"...such is still the case in sexually repressed societies like the USA. Most women around the world prefer men to be intact and unedited by doctors when they are too young to have any say in the matter.

"Could you say the same about a women who has been mutilated down stairs?" Much the same is in fact said in places where women are cut. In the west labia reduction surgery is becoming popular among women for cosmetic reasons....stupid but nevertheless not imposed by someone else.
00:31 March 2, 2012 by MurasakiSunshine
Infant circumcision is not recommended by any medical organization in the world.

To support gender equality and to learn the dangers of circumcision, please visit www.mgmbill.org and www.circumstitions.com or check out "The Whole Network" or "peaceful parenting" on Facebook.
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