Two people have been arrested by Met detectives over the genital mutilation of a baby girl less than two months old, the Standard has learned.
The alleged perpetrators and their victim, understood to have been five to six weeks old when the "cutting" was done, all live in Britain. Police hope the arrests could lead to a landmark first British prosecution for female genital mutilation.
Sources say the victim's age is unprecedented and extensive efforts are being made to gather the evidence needed to bring charges. The barbaric practice — which can involve the removal of all or parts of the labia and clitoris or the sewing up of the vagina — has been illegal in Britain since 1985.