Dr. Raslan Fadl performed the procedure on 13-year-old Soheir al-Batea, who died from an allergic reaction to penicillin afterwards.
The trial should call attention to the dangerous procedure, which involves cutting off the clitoral hood, clitoris and labia and then stitching the area back together, leaving only a small hole for urination. A host of problems, including infections, infertility and painful intercourse -- and now even death -- can occur from the procedure.
Prevalence of the procedure has declined in Egypt since it was outlawed in 2007, but, as al-Batea shows, it still happens.
Fadl believes he will be exonerated, saying al-Batea’s father requested the procedure (it is men who usually request FGM for their daughters, in order to make sex undesirable).