Definition of circumcision
1a : the act of circumcising; especially : the cutting off of the foreskin of males that is practiced as a religious rite by Jews and Muslims and by others as a social custom or for potential health benefits (such as improved hygiene)b : female genital mutilationc : the condition of being circumcised
2 capitalized : January 1 observed as a festival in some churches in commemoration of the circumcision of Jesus
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Neonatal herpes is also at the root of the recent controversy surrounding ultra-Orthodox Jewish circumcisions in the New York area.
The practice, also known as female circumcision or cutting, is a federal crime punishable by five years in prison.
The lawsuit, filed in July 2014, claimed that a man had gone into Princeton Baptist Medical Center the month before for a circumcision and awoke to find his penis had instead been amputated.
The initiation has not been without its criticisms, due to complications and malpractice surrounding the circumcision process.
Dariwala is exasperated, arguing the Koran nowhere mentions female circumcision as a mandatory practice.
In recent weeks, a group called the Dawoodi Bohra Women for Religious Freedom has launched campaigns on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, seeking to preserve female circumcision in India, calling it a religious rite of passage.
In the latter section, museum guests will find a ceremonial lace outfit for a baby boy’s bris (circumcision) ceremony made from his mother’s wedding gown.
Related: Nagarwala’s lawyer emphatically denied after that hearing that her client was paid by the mosque to perform any female circumcision procedures.
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