Muhammed Hassan, 22, is a single man who says one of the qualifications that his girlfriend has to have is that she has to have escaped circumcision, or female genital mutilation (FGM), a phenomenon which Human Rights Watch says is widespread here in Iraqi Kurdistan.
“I will ask a girl about circumcision, if I want to marry her,” said
Hassan, fearing circumcised ladies are not as sexually keen as
In of one of the studies mentioned by HRW report published in June, of
about 1,400 girls and women interviewed during 2007 and 2008, found that almost 73 percent of women 14 years and older said that at least a
portion of their genitals had been removed.