Parvin Zabihi, a member of a women’s rights group based in Iran’s Kurdistan called the Committee Against Sexual Violence, has researched female circumcision in the Kurdish-populated areas in Iran.
“One of my friends carried out some research in a classroom at a school in the Piranshahr area. Out of the 40 students, 38 were local — and out of those 38, 36 had been circumcised. We came across many cases [of FGM] wherever we went to investigate,” Zabihi says.
[…] It is not clear why the practice is widespread among Iranian and Iraqi Kurds. In Iran, FGM cases are also reported in southern regions including in Khuzestan.