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Finland's new Minister of Family Affairs and Social Services, Annika Saarikko, says that the government should consider legislation specifically forbidding female genital mutilation (FGM), in line with other Nordic countries.

Saarikko made the comment late Monday on Yle current affairs TV programme A-studio, which was focusing on violence against women.

"I think we should consider whether female genital mutilation should be criminalised in Finland as it in the other Nordic countries. I think that would be good," Saarikko said. At present the practice is prosecuted under Finnish law as a form of assault.


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