Four more women arrested over female genital mutilation in NSW
JANET FIFE-YEOMANS The Daily Telegraph September 19, 2012 4:26PM
FOUR more women have today been arrested and charged in relation to the female genital mutilation (FGM) of two young girls in NSW.
Detectives with the State Crime Command’s Sex Crimes Squad have been continuing investigations since charging a Sydney sheik, a retired nurse and the parents of the two sisters.
Detectives with Strike Force Longfield said today that they had been working closely with NSW Health and the Department of Family and Community Services.
Earlier today two women were arrested in Sydney and two women in the Wollongong area. They were each charged with prohibition of female genital mutilation.
Police will allege the four women, aged 39, 68, 73 and 77, were each present at one or both of the procedures, also known as female circumcision, performed on the two sisters when they were aged six and seven.
The women have been granted bail to face Parramatta Local Court on Wednesday 7 November 2012.
Investigations by Strike Force Longfield are ongoing, and police continue to appeal for anyone with information about female genital mutilation to come forward.
Sheik Shabbir Mohammedbhai Vaziri, 56, of the Dawoodi Bohra community at Auburn, and Helen Magennis, 68, a retired nurse of Campbelltown, and the children’s parents were all previously charged in relation to the alleged acts on the girls.
The girls remain in the care of their parents.