A junior doctor is accused of performing female genital mutilation (FGM) on a 26-year-old mother- of- two.
Dhanuson Dharmasena, 32, allegedly carried out the procedure at Whittington Hospital, north London.
This is the second time the young mum, who cannot be named, has had FGM done. The first time she was just six years old and in Somalia.
The woman’s FGM stitches tore during labour and so Dr Dharmasena sewed her back up, which technically amounts to FGM.
Dharmasena denies the charge, claiming he did the operation because he thought the woman wanted him to.
He says that Hasan Mohamed, 41, encouraged him to go ahead with the procedure. Mohamed denies charges of encouraging and abetting.
Although it is illegal in the UK – making this case the first of its kind – female genital mutilation is practiced in 29 African countries and the Middle East. It is also known as female circumcision.