Female genital mutilation This is a procedure used in some cultures to intentionally cut or injure the female genitals. The most frequent reasons for this procedure are religion, protecting a girl’s virginity, social acceptance and hygiene misunderstandings. There is no medical reason for this illegal procedure which can cause severe pain and health consequences and long-lasting effects on the victim throughout their life. In the UK, female genital mutilation is illegal.Panahghar can provide non-judgmental advice and support for victims and professionals supporting victims affected by FGM. Contact us on our 24 hour helpline on 0800 055 6519.