Alison Saunders, the director of public prosecutions, has defended her decision to bring Britain's first FGM case against a doctor who was cleared of committing the crime on a woman he stitched after the birth of a child.

A leading hospital consultant has accused the prosecution of being ludicrous after a jury took less than 30 minutes to clear Dr Dhanuson Dharmasena. The woman had been subject to FGM aged six in Somalia and the doctor was accused of reinstituting it.

Dr Katrina Erskine, consultant in obstetrics and gynaecology at the Homerton hospital in London, said she was left with no faith in British justice.

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