A couple from a small Islamic sect who were charged over the genital mutilation of their young daughters have appeared in court this morning - but their lawyer was at pains to explain their case had nothing to do with religion.

The man, a GP, and his wife, who both can't be identified for legal reasons, were arrested and charged earlier this month over the "female circumcision" of their daughters - aged six and seven.

Their lawyer John Sutton told Parramatta Court the pair belonged to a "very small religious order", but the allegations had nothing to do with their faith.

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