Two Muslim couples, including a retired nurse and a sheik, have been charged by NSW police with the genital mutilation of two girls aged six and seven, prompting authorities to warn migrant groups that the cultural practice has no place in Australia.

The cultural female "circumcisions" -- which typically involve the total or partial removal of the external genitals -- took place at a home under "some medical conditions".

"Police will be alleging this was part of a cultural belief that occurs in other countries," said Detective Superintendent John Kerlatec from the NSW Sex Crimes Squad.

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