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Australian charged over genital mutilation of baby

Published on Jan 28, 2014 4:33 PM

SYDNEY (AFP) - An Australian man appeared in court Tuesday charged over the genital mutilation of his nine-month-old daughter in Indonesia, where police allege she was circumcised.

The child was taken to Jakarta for the procedure between February and March of 2012, according to documents tendered Tuesday in Sydney's Manly Local Court.

The incident didn't come to light until six months later, when the infant's mother took her to the doctor, the court was told.

She allegedly had her clitoral tissue removed and underwent a labial fusion, according to police documents in the case.

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