Doctors today called for school pupils to be given compulsory lessons on tackling violence against women, as they criticised ministers for failing to do enough to protect girls against female genital mutilation.

The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health said that the classes — recommended in a report by MPs — could play an "important" role in tackling FGM by teaching children that they did not have to accept violence being perpetrated against them.

They said the "rights-based" lessons would also help combat all other forms of "exploitation" and that the Government had missed an opportunity by failing to act.

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