Female Circumcision in IndonesiaAdd to Lightbox Download
Young female performers dressed in traditional costume prepare to dance at the mass circumcision timed to honor the Prophet Mohammed's birthday in Bandung, Indonesia on April 23, 2006. All the girls were circumcised in years prior. The families of 248 girls were given money to have their children circumcised at this event. While religion was the main reason for circumcisions, it is believed by some locals that a girl who is not circumcised would have unclean genitals after she urinates which could lead to cervical cancer. It is also believed if one prays with unclean genitals their prayer won't be heard. The practitioners used scissors to cut the hood and tip of the clitoris. The World Health Organization has deemed the ritual unnecessary and condemns such practices.