A baby girl born on Christmas Day in a remote region of Tanzania was subjected to female genital mutilation by her great-grandmother and died a few days later, police said.
The girl was born to a 16-year-old single mother in the Manyara region of northern Tanzania. Five days after her birth, her 70-year-old great-grandmother performed the ritual which led to complications and the infant died in hospital.
Francis Massawe, Manyara Regional Police Commander, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation on Tuesday the mother and great-grandmother had been arrested and a criminal investigation was underway.
However, the Network Against Female Genital Mutilation (NAFGEM) that works with communities in the Kilimanjaro and Manyara regions, said there was evidence families who were still cutting their girls were starting to doing it at younger ages.
“Girls used to be mutilated around the age of 10 years old and it was a traditional practice to prepare them for …