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CRIMINAL CODE 1899 - SECT 323A
Female genital mutilation
(1) Any person who performs female genital mutilation on another person is
guilty of a crime.
Maximum penalty—14 years imprisonment.
(2) It is not a defence that the other person, or, if the other person is a
child, a parent or guardian of the other person, consented to the mutilation.
(3) In this section—
"female genital mutilation" means—
(a) clitoridectomy; or
(b) excision of
any other part of the female genitalia; or
(c) a procedure to narrow or close
the vaginal opening; or
(d) any other mutilation of the female genitalia; but
does not include—
(e) a sexual reassignment procedure; or
medical procedure for a genuine therapeutic purpose.
"medical procedure for a genuine therapeutic purpose" means a medical
procedure that is—
(a) directed only at curing or alleviating a
physiological disability, physical abnormality, psychological disorder or
pathological condition; or
(b) performed on a person in labour or who has
just given birth and directed only at alleviating physical symptoms in
relation to the labour or birth or for other medical purposes; or
performed on a person who has been subjected to female genital mutilation and
directed only at treating the effects, or to reversing the effects, of the
"sexual reassignment procedure" means a surgical procedure to give a person
the genital appearance of a particular sex, whether male or female.
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