Two-year-old boy dies in Italy after botched religious circumcision

Two-year-old boy dies in Italy after botched religious circumcision December 25, 2018

Following our report last week that a Muslim doctor had been suspended for a string of botched circumcisions, news comes from Italy of the death of boy who was genitally-mutilated in keeping with Islamic tradition.

The BBC reports that an unnamed A 66-year-old doctor has been charged with the murder of the two-year-old, who was circumcised at a migrant centre, along with his twin brother who is recovering in hospital.

The two boys, who have not been named, were born in Italy in 2017 to a Nigerian mother who has five other children in Nigeria. Local media say the mother had asked for the operations “in respect for Nigeria’s Islamic traditions”, despite being Catholic herself.

The man arrested is reportedly an American citizen of Libyan origin.

YouTube screenshot of a protest against circumcision held in San Francisco in 2015 by the organisation Bloodstained Men and Friends.

Some 5,000 circumcisions are performed in Italy each year but more than a third are carried out illegally, according to health charity Amsi.

Cultural non-profit group Arci said the procedures had taken place at a refugee centre it runs with the local council in Monterondo.

In a statement on Facebook Arci said:

It is a tragedy that leaves us speechless.

It adding that it would take civil action once those responsible for the child’s death had been determined by police.

The medical credentials of the doctor are reportedly being questioned by police.

Circumcision is currently unavailable in public health institutions in Italy.

Having the procedure at a private clinic can cost between €2,000 (£1,798) and €4,000 (£3,596), according to Foad Aodi, President of Amsi.

As a result, said Aodi, those from poorer backgrounds:

Can end up in the hands of unscrupulous and unskilled people, who for €50 or €20 practice circumcision.

H/T BarrieJohn

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  • Broga

    Are there no relatives who would want to “reason” with these child torturers and killers? If the state decides not to protect babies and children I would if it affected my grand children. But I am an atheist, as are their parents and therefore civilised. Or at least are not encouraged to barbarism by religion.

  • Jim Jones

    Is it just me who wants to cut off his wang – about 1/2″ a day?

  • digital bookworm

    An eye for an eye…

  • Raging Bee

    Spambot flagged.

  • Raging Bee

    Yeah, RJ Kellogg explicitly admitted that was the goal of the policy of universal male circumcision that he advocated: to prevent boys from having too much fun, AND to make them less likely to give their partners too much pleasure either.

  • EH

    Regarding ‘It’s usually done for one reason only (“god told me to chop my kid’s privates off”),’ the relation between religion and circumcision isn’t so clear-cut. In this case, for instance, circumcision in Italy, a very Catholic country, is generally only done for medical reasons. The vast majority of Italian men are not circumcised, and many Italian Catholics – like my ex – are vehemently against the practice. Even in the United States, which is a religious country, most circumcised men were not made to undergo the procedure for religious reasons but due to a belief in its supposed medical benefits.

    By the way, if I had had a son, I would not have had him circumcised unless there were a pressing medical reason for the procedure to be done.

  • rwnot

    I pretty much agree but, religion is the predominant problem, even in America. Pro circumcision fanatics will use every insane argument to try and confuse/convince parents that child genitalia Mutilation is good for babies — that at the time, the babies would kill the perpetuators of the crime if they weren’t so helpless. I know of grown men that literally hate their parents and doctors, that they believe were responsible for the pain and suffering that resulted from un-consenting circumcision. The list of serious problems range from minor sexual problems, to penis amputation and death. The list is long and totally unnecessary.

  • EH

    But I thought that in the US (or in Canada, where I live), other than in the Jewish and Muslim communities circumcision was not done for religious reasons. I would say, though, that in Italy religion may very well be the predominant problem behind circumcision – although not by followers of the majority religion in the country.

  • EH

    Kellogg of cereal fame? I’ll never look at a cereal box the same way now!

    I believe that circumcision was at one time in vogue in Britain (although not as common as in the US) but then fell out of use. For example, Prince Charles and his brothers were circumcised, but then Diana did not allow the procedure to be done on her own sons William and Harry. My impression is that not just in Italy but in Europe in general – including in Catholic countries like Ireland and Poland – circumcision is only performed for medical reasons, not as a routine procedure. The exception may be Albania, which is a Muslim-majority country.

    I have a daughter, so circumcision never came up (of course, we’re Canadian, so at least not yet, female circumcision is not an issue). However, if I had had a son I would not have had him circumcised unless a medical issue came up – and I’m sure her father – who’s very Catholic (i.e. rosary in the car, etc.) would have vehemently protested if I just had it done as a routine.