TUNISIA – Lawmakers from Tunisia’s secular opposition Monday denounced remarks attributed to a lawmaker from the Islamist Ennahda party that female circumcisions in Africa are carried out for “aesthetic” reasons.
“It is unacceptable that a member promotes crimes against women,” lawmaker Nadia Shaaban said in the National Constituent Assembly, referring to remarks purportedly made by Habib Ellouze.
“In the (African) regions where it is hot, people are forced to circumcise girls . . . because in these regions clitorises are too big, which affects the spouses,” Ellouze was quoted in an interview published in the Sunday edition of Maghreb newspaper as saying.
“There are more circumcisions but it is not true that circumcision removes the pleasure for women. It is the West that has exaggerated the issue. Circumcision is an aesthetic surgery for women,” he was quoted as saying.