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The father of a girl who was allegedly the victim of female genital mutilation told her it was "OK" after the procedure which she described as feeling like "hurting in my bottom".

The girl, known as C2, gave evidence in the supreme court of New South Wales on Thursday in Australia's first trial on FGM charges. Her mother, known as A2, is standing trial along with a woman known as KM, who is charged with performing FGM on C2 and her older sister.

C2, now nine, gave evidence but mostly responded in one syllable answers or with "I don't know". A recording of her police interview in 2012 in which C2 answered yes when asked if she was cut on her genitals, was played to the court.


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