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London mum guilty of mutilating daughter in landmark FGM trial

Though the practice was outlawed 30 years ago, this is Britain’s first conviction for female genital mutilation

A London mother was found guilty of subjecting her 3-year-old daughter to female genital mutilation on Friday in Britain’s first conviction for FGM – more than 30 years after the practice was outlawed.

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02.02.2019 | 13:41

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Born to curse or be cursed?

Imagine this. Suddenly, one day you are accused of practicing witchcraft and are forced to live in isolation by society. You are accused of bewitching a neighbor’s child or of crop failure. You are forced to eat human excreta. Or you are tortured, attacked, doused with gasoline or beaten to death following the forced accusations.

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24.04.2018 | 13:36

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Africa’s exiled ‘witches’

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In West Africa, many people believe in supernatural powers. Every year, thousands of women are branded as witches and persecuted. They can only survive in isolated villages.

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22.11.2016 | 14:48

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Deadly accusations of witchcraft in India

Indian Witch Hunting victims (L-R) Sugani Rabha, Lakshmi Rabha, Khedai Rabha, Lansun Rabha and Sampui Rabha sharing their ordeals at a state level consultation on 'Witch hunting' organisaed by Asam Mahila Samata Samiti on the occasion of International Human Rights Day in Guwahati city, northeast India, 10 December 2010. © picture-alliance/dpa

Indian Witch Hunting victims (L-R) Sugani Rabha, Lakshmi Rabha, Khedai Rabha, Lansun Rabha and Sampui Rabha sharing their ordeals at a state level consultation on ‘Witch hunting’ organisaed by Asam Mahila Samata Samiti on the occasion of International Human Rights Day in Guwahati city, northeast India, 10 December 2010. © picture-alliance/dpa

Every year, hundreds of women in India are attacked and even murdered after being accused of being witches. DW travelled to India’s eastern state of Jharkhand to take a closer look at what could be behind this often fatal superstition.

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16.08.2016 | 15:04

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Women in the News

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© picture-alliance/dpa/J. Lai

According to Afghan police officials, unidentified attackers abducted a German female aid worker in Kabul. Read more about the story and other news about women here.

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18.08.2015 | 14:55

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An Indian woman carries stones on her head at a rock processing area in Assam © Anuwar Hazarika/AFP/Getty Images

An Indian woman carries stones on her head at a rock processing area in Assam © Anuwar Hazarika/AFP/Getty Images

The belief in witchcraft, sorcery and the occult often times causes people to be wrongly accused of being a witch. In the last couple of months this has led to several killings in India’s eastern state of Assam. Read this story and other news about women here!

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24.07.2015 | 13:58

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yazidiAn Isis court had convicted two women of “witchcraft and sorcery” and beheaded them. Read more here and other news about women that made it to the headlines.

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05.07.2015 | 22:15

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