A 14-year-old girl died in Egypt while she was undergoing female genital mutilation (FGM). The Egypt police arrested the parents and aunt of the victim, BBC reported.
According to media reports, the doctor who allegedly performed the procedure in the province of Asyut was also arrested. All four were detained after the victim's uncle alerted the authorities.
The FGM was banned in Egypt in 2008, but the country still has one of the highest rates of the practice in the world.
According to the United Nations (UN) children's agency, Unicef, 87% of girls and women aged 15 to 49 years in Egypt have undergone FGM, with 50% of Egyptians believing it "is a religious requirement."
More than 200 million girls and women worldwide are living with the consequences of FGM.
FGM is also practised in India by some Islamic groups. The Dawoodi Bohra, a sect of Shia Islam with one million members in India, practised the procedure. FGM is performed on six- or seven-year-old girls in a form known as khatna or khafz.
Muslim proponents of FGM rely on the following hadith (saying attributed to Muhammad): "Umm Atiyyat al-Ansariyyah said: A woman used to perform circumcision in Medina. The Prophet said to her: Do not cut too severely as that is better for a woman and more desirable for a husband." (See Chapter 1888 in Abu Dawud, Sunan of Abu Dawud, English translation (3 volume set), translated by Ahmad Hasan, published by Kitab Bhavan on January 1, 2000.)
FGM was introduced in Southeast Asia by the spread of Shafi'i version of Islamic jurisprudence, which considers the practice obligatorily. It has been found among Coptic Christians in Egypt, Orthodox Christians in Ethiopia, and Protestants and Catholics in Sudan and Kenya. The only Jewish group known to have practised it are the Beta Israel of Ethiopia. Hindus never practised FGM and nor have any cultural, beliefs and historical background.