Pushed by the WHO the UN recently called on member states to abolish practices of genital mutilation. Yet in Indonesia female circumcision ( and male circumcision) is still legal. A 2010 Ministerial Regulation stipulates it’s permitted if religious laws and health standards have been observed.
To me many religious rituals are incomprehensible. And this one in particular. I admit it’s my fault, my ignorance. So in advance I offer my apologies to the scribes; mea culpa, mea maxima culpa.
I wonder with disgust why inflicting pain has to be part of rites. I can’t think of any sensible reason why any decent person can approve of, I quote, “incising the skin that covers the front part of clitoris, without harming the clitoris”. That to me is enigmatic at the zenith of absurdity. What I do understand is that female circumcision is a painful mutilation. There can be no doubt about it whatsoever. So to me it constitutes ritual cruelty at that zenith of absurdity.
But that’s not all.
What distorted mind once came up with the thought female circumcision was a religious obligation to control women’s sexual desire? What is going on in the minds of people who consider a clitoris a threat to a pious life?
Of course The National Commission for Violence against Women criticizes minister Nafsiah Mboi for not having banned the degrading ritual altogether. Which I think stands to reason. But the usual suspects, the Ulemas of MUI, have been triggered by the UN initiative to create some serious backlash. They demand that their horror tool to reduce women to mere incubators will be maintained. The organization’s deputy secretary-general Amirsyah Tambunan said it is their constitutional right. He obviously thinks he in this case needs heavy vocal artillery.
I don’t know what the outcome will be. But I’m not optimistic. Minister Naftiah Mboi, Health Ministry, hurried to assure MUI that she will make sure the existing Regulation will be in force in the foreseeable future.
Once more dangerous obscurantism appears to prevail over reason.