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Nottingham mother brought her son home to discover he had been circumcised without her consent


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It has been revealed that a mother in Nottingham removed her son’s nappy to find he had been circumcised without her consent.

The incident took place in July 2013, when the child was three months old. The mother reported it to social services before contacting Nottinghamshire Police the following November. Nottinghamshire Police originally did not treat it as a crime, but after pressure from anti-circumcision group Men Do Complain, the case was looked at again.

Nottinghamshire Police said: "Officers investigating the circumstances surrounding a circumcision conducted on a child in July 2013 have arrested three people.

"A 61-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm with intent.

"A 44-year-old man and a 47-year-old woman were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harm.

"They have all been released pending further investigation.

"Our enquiries are ongoing."

One of these suspects is a family GP.

It is believed to be the first time police have treated a case involving circumcision as GBH, which carries a maximum sentence of five years imprisonment.

The child’s parents are separated and the incident is believed to have taken place when the child visited his paternal grandparents.

Circumcision involves the removal of foreskin from the penis. It is sometimes used as medical treatment in extreme cases for tight foreskin and can prevent the spread of infections as germs can sometimes become trapped within the foreskin.

It is also a custom in Jewish and Islamic tradition as well as some African communities.

The mother, 26, has claimed the boy has suffered from physical problems and infections as a result of the incident.

"It was just awful really, it wasn't very nice, there was all blood there and stuff." She said after noting she had to leave the room due to feeling “hysterical”.

"It's even illegal to dock dogs' tails. I've come home crying my eyes out thinking a dog has got more rights than my child," she said. "There's something seriously not right with it all. You can protect a dog, you can protect a girl, but not a boy."

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