Female genital mutilation (FGM) is child abuse and children at risk of FGM should be placed under care order if need be, Labour MP Chris Fearne said today.

Fearne has piloted a private members' bill which calls for the criminalisation of FGM. The motion enjoys the support of the Opposition.

FGM comprises all procedures that involve partial or total removal of the external female genitalia, or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons.

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