Police in London have arrested two people on suspicion of carrying out female genital mutilation on a six-week-old baby.
According to an exclusive report by the Evening Standard, the two people arrested both live in Britain. The baby is between five and six weeks old and is believed to be a British national.
Police say that the arrests could become a landmark case as the first ever prosecution of FGM in the UK.
Despite being illegal since 1985, no one has ever been found guilty of FGM in British courts.
It is estimated that over 20,000 girls in the UK are at risk of FGM every year. The practice, described as “barbaric” involves either the removal of all or parts of the labia and clitoris, or sewing up the vagina.
The practice is difficult to police due to the lack of reporting and many FGM cases taking place overseas.