The Economist Calls for Human Rights Activists to Promote ‘Minor,’ ‘Symbolic Nick’ Female Genital Mutilation

*** EXCLUSIVE *** MOMBASA, KENYA - JUNE 25: Cutter Anna-Moora Ndege shows the razorblade she uses to cut girls' genitals , on June 25, 2015, in Mombasa, Kenya. THESE are the rudimentary tools used to cut young girls sexual organs in remote villages in Kenya. The cruel practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) is illegal in the UK and in dozens of countries in Africa. But in remote Kenyan villages and communities far from the capital, Nairobi, the practice is very much alive and well. PHOTOGRAPH BY Ivan Lieman / Barcroft Media (Photo credit should read Ivan Lieman / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
Human rights groups are condemning The Economist for publishing a column promoting “the least nasty version” of female genital mutilation (FGM). Experts believe that even a “symbolic nick” can be as physically and psychologically damaging as any surgical procedure involving the removal of female genitalia for religious reasons.