UK: Police top dog excuses lack of FGM convictions by saying there are many nuances to this crime



The police commander tasked with tackling female genital mutilation has excused the lack of convictions for the crime by saying it has many nuances?.

Ivan Balchatchet, the National Police Chiefs? Council?s lead on honour? violence, female genital mutilation, and forced marriage, was responding to a letter from Jonathan Nicholas, a writer who served as a frontline police officer for 30 years, asking why there has yet to be a single conviction for FGM despite tens of thousands of recorded cases since it was criminalised in 1985.

?Thank you for your letters received dated 10th October 2017 and 12th January 2018 [sic],? wrote Balhatchet.

?May I apologise for the tardiness in my response, you can appreciate that as the National Policing Lead for this portfolio the need to prioritise resources to tackle all forms of Honour-Based Abuse, including Female Genital Mutilation. This includes working with both statutory and non-governmental organisations, in ways to prevent FGM and protect girls and women.??

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