Female genital mutilation plea

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The Ilkeston community is being urged by Derbyshire’s Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa to unite in tackling the continuing crime of female genital mutilation on vulnerable young girls and women.

His plea came in the wake of a high profile summit in London aimed at promoting global action on this crime and on childhood forced marriage.

Mr Dhindsa said: “For too long FGM has gone undetected, and this needs to change. I wholeheartedly welcome the refocus on this abuse of young girls and women, and hope that plans made as a result of the summit can help Derbyshire, along with the rest of the country, to tackle and eradicate this unlawful behaviour and keep the vulnerable safe.

“It’s so important to encourage those communities and groups who are most vulnerable.”