Mutilation 'cannot be disguised as part of any culture'

Those responsible for committing female genital mutilation will be brought to justice, the Metropolitan Police said, as part of a new scheme aimed at supporting victims of the crime.

Detective Chief Superintendent Keith Niven, of Scotland Yard's sexual offences, exploitation and child abuse command, said:

This practice cannot be disguised as being part of any culture, it is child abuse and offenders will be relentlessly pursued.

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New help for mutilation victims

A new helpline is being launched by the NSPCC to help girls at risk of suffering female genital mutilation in the UK. The charity along with the Metropolitan Police and the Royal College of Midwives are to combat what they call an abusive practice.