between the sexes and promotes fertility; it is intended to remove any vestige of masculinity in women and young girls. 5
Contrary to received thinking, female circumcision is not specific to the Muslim community: 6 it is also practised by EastAfrican Christians, and indeed has been since the times
liberty save in the following cases and in accordance with a procedure prescribed by law: [. . .].” 127) See e.g. EastAfrican Asians v. United Kingdom (1978), App. No. 4626/70 and others, Eur.Comm. H.R., decision of 6 March 1978 on admissibility of the application, 78-A D.R. 5.