Female Genital Multilation

Female Genital Mutilation Violence:

Article 19 of the African (Banjul) Charter, convention on the righs of children ratified in the Cameroon Penal Code states that, all states parties shall take all appropriate legislative, administrative, social and educational measures to protect the child from all forms of physical or mental violence, injury or abuse, neglect or negligent treatment while in the care of parent(s), legal guardian(s) or any other person who has the care of the child.

Section 277-1 of the Cameroon Penal Code on genital mutilation states that,

1.  whoever mutilates the genital organ of a person by any means whatsoever, shall be punished with the penalities provided for in section 277 with imprisonment of ten(10) to twenty(20) years.

2. The penalty shall be imprisonment for life where;

a) the offender habitually carries out such practice or does so for commercial purposes

b) it leads to the death of the victim