Prohibition of Female Genital Mutilation (Scotland) Act 2005

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Female Genital Mutilation (Scotland) Act 2005
Long title An Act of the Scottish Parliament to restate and amend the law relating to female genital mutilation and to provide for extra-territorial effect; and for connected purposes.
Citation 2005 asp. 8
Royal Assent 1 July 2005
Commencement 1 September 2005
Status: Current legislation
Text of statute as originally enacted
Revised text of statute as amended

The Prohibition of Female Genital Mutilation (Scotland) Act 2005 (asp 8) is an Act of the Scottish Parliament. It extended previous legislation by also making it illegal for UK nationals to perform female genital mutilation outside the borders of the UK. There have been no known cases of girls from Scotland being sent abroad for the procedure.[1] The Act also increased the maximum penalty from five to 14 years.

It replaced the Prohibition of Female Circumcision Act 1985. The corresponding legislation for the rest of the United Kingdom is the Female Genital Mutilation Act 2003.


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