Police charge two women after incident involving a two week old baby

Child Abuse Squad detectives have charged two women as a result of their investigation stemming from a report of an alleged planned circumcision of a female baby as part of their cultural beliefs.

The WA Police Force embraces the diversity provided by the many cultural and ethnic groups that form our community. Practices which may be acceptable by some cultures and in some countries may constitute criminal offences in Western Australia. It is an offence to commit female genital mutilation in Western Australia.

It is alleged in January 2021, the two women approached a doctor to conduct a female circumcision on the two week old female baby. The doctor refused and the procedure did not occur.

The women, aged 23 and 50, both from a suburb within the Cannington Police District, have each been charged with:-

• Conspiracy to Commit Indictable (Principal) Offence.

They are due to appear before the Armadale Magistrates Court today, 12 March 2021.

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