July 4, 2013
Female circumcision case in WA dropped
Charges against a Perth couple accused of arranging the illegal genital mutilation of their baby daughter have been dropped after prosecutors said there was no reasonable prospect of conviction.
The couple aged in their 40s, who cannot be named for legal reasons, were alleged to have taken their one-year-old daughter to Bali last year to have her circumcised.
But in Perth's District Court on Thursday, prosecutors discontinued the case.
Female circumcision is commonly practised in some parts of the world but is illegal in Australia.