The rise of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in Embu is being caused over-sexed girls seducing boys into sex, a local psychiatrist said while speaking at Izaak Walton Inn in Embu town.
Dr Njagi Kumantha said that parents have had no alternative but to perform female circumcision to “tame” them and reduce immorality.
The psychiatrist said that Embu parents believe that its against traditions for girls to behave in that manner, hence the need to circumcise the girls and end their sexual urge.
“Some parents who did not want their daughters to be circumcised have since resorted to the cut to prevent their girls from bad manners,” Dr. Kumantha said.
He pointed out that most of the aggressive girls have reached the age of puberty are making the first move in seduction.
He said that parents should however look for alternative ways to curb premarital sex instead of turning to the cut.
“Girls of today seem to be leading in initiating relationships with the opposite sex. They seduce the boys and even give them dates and the boys seem to be comfortable with that. These have been interpreted by parents as immorality and thus they have been removing the arousal by having them circumcised,” Kumantha said.
He acknowledged that circumcision reduces sexual urge in women, but said the procedure is medically and socially harmful to the young girls.
“Female Genital Mutilation leads to complications during birth. The lady may also fail in her marriage if she cannot satisfy her husband as she might not be sexually responsive enough,” Kumantha said.