The views of a prominent member of the Muslim community in Ireland on female genital mutilation are "medically incorrect and highly dangerous", a leading consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist has said.

Dr Ali Selim of the Islamic Cultural Centre of Ireland said in an interview on Thursday that he advocated female circumcision and that if a doctor advised it was needed then it had to be done.

Female circumcision, also termed female genital mutilation (FGM), is illegal under the Criminal Justice (Female Genital Mutilation) Act 2012. The practice comprises all procedures that involve partial or total removal of the external female genitalia.

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