A couple in Perugia have been arrested for allegedly circumcising their daughters, a practice known as female genital mutilation which has affected tens of thousands of women in Italy.

The couple were arrested in the province of Perugia on Wednesday, La Nazione reported today.

Police stepped in after being told by local health authorities that the two girls had undergone female genital mutilation (FGM), a potentially fatal procedure in which a girl's genitals are cut or otherwise damaged.

Read the complete original version of this item...