Egyptian prosecutors are investigating the death of a teenage girl during a female genital mutilation operation at a private hospital.
Mayar Mohamed Mousa, 17, died in a hospital in the province of Suez on Sunday while under full anaesthesia, said Lotfi Abdel-Samee, the local health ministry undersecretary.
“This is something that the law has prohibited,” stressed Abdel-Samee.
Despite the ban in 2008, female genital mutilation (FGM) is still widespread in Egypt, especially in rural areas. It is practised among Muslims as well as Egypt’s minority Christians.
The law led to the first prison sentence against a doctor in Egypt in January 2015, with the girl’s father in that case given a three-month suspended sentence.
On Sunday, Mousa’s sister had just undergone the operation before she was sent in for surgery.