Today at his first Mayor's Question Time at City Hall UKIP London Assembly member Peter Whittle asked the Mayor, Sadiq Khan, about the prospect of bringing about the prosecution of the perpetrators of female genital mutilation (FGM) and asked whether he would ensure that the Metropolitan Police Service bring to bear the full force of the law on the perpetrators of this appalling practice.
In his question Peter Whittle noted that between 2009 and 2014, 4,000 women and girls in London were treated for FGM, yet, despite being a crime, of which there is a much increased public awareness, there has yet to be a successful prosecution.
Replying to Peter Whittle's question the new Mayor of London Sadiq Khan agreed with Peter that that it was disappointing that there has been no successful prosecution and that it was a form of violence against women and girls. In his reply he said that education would be the most effective tool to deal with the issue of FGM.
Peter Whittle AM said, "I am glad to have raised this issue of FGM which is an appalling practice and blights the lives of many thousands of women and girls across the capital.
"I was pleased he said FGM was not a cultural practice but rather a form of direct violence against women. However, unlike him I do not think that more education alone will bring an end to FGM being carried out, it will require successful police prosecutions being undertaken by the Metropolitan Police against the perpetrators of this appalling practice.
"As I mentioned in my supplementary question there does seem to be a sense of complacency within the Metropolitan Police Service which I have detected in the conversations I have had with them on this topic. As such I am glad the Mayor has extended the invitation to speak to me about the ideas I have to ensure that the full force of law is brought to bear to stamp out this practice. It is surely time to enforce the law to protect the lives of women in London."