Mutilation of genitalia of female child: Penalties; definitions.
1. A person who willfully:
(a) Mutilates, or aids, abets, encourages or participates in the mutilation of the genitalia of a female child; or
(b) Removes a female child from this State for the purpose of mutilating the genitalia of the child,
Ę is guilty of a category B felony and shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for a minimum term of not less than 2 years and a maximum term of not more than 10 years, and may be further punished by a fine of not more than $10,000.
2. It is not a defense that:
(a) The person engaging in the conduct prohibited by subsection 1 believes that the conduct is necessary or appropriate as a matter of custom, ritual or standard practice; or
(b) The child, the parent or legal guardian of the child, or another person legally responsible for the child has consented to the conduct prohibited by subsection 1.
3. As used in this section:
(a) “Child” means a person who is under 18 years of age.
(b) “Mutilates the genitalia of a female child” means the removal or infibulation in whole or in part of the clitoris, vulva, labia major or labia minor for nonmedical purposes.
Last modified: February 25, 2006