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Father seeks to challenge FGM protection order

Counsel says that a port alert may prevent him putting his case

A father is seeking to challenge a female genital protection order in respect of his three daughters made by Mr Justice Holman in the High Court on the 24th July.

In Re E (children) (FGM protection orders) [2015] EWHC 2275 (Fam), the mother had asserted that the father regarded the forced genital mutilation of the three children as inevitable and necessary. She stated that in February 2015 he had sent ceremonial robes from Nigeria in preparation for this and as it was now the school holiday he had told her, via messages, that he expected to see the children immediately and requested that the two elder girls be sent to Nigeria. The mother also stated that the father was angry because the eldest daughter was over ten years old and past the usual age for the procedure to happen. It was said that the father wanted to carry out the ceremony in the school holidays so that the children could heal before the start of the new term.

According to Yahoo News, his counsel, Natalie Hyams, told Moor J:"The father is anxious to challenge the order and there will be a court hearing at the end of September."

However, she said that a port alert may have been issued which could prevent him travelling to the UK in order to put his case. Moor J said that he had no control over such matters, but it would be very difficult to determine the issue without him being here.

For the original judgment please click here. For the Yahoo News report, please click here.