In the United Kingdom, iMGC [J4MB: Infant Male Genital Cutting] is exceedingly rare, likely less than 1 percent, and those are mostly done at the demand of the parents’ religion of choice. Two reports estimated that 3.1 percent or 3.8 percent of boys will be genitally mutilated by their fifteenth birthday, which should help to substantiate this low estimate. iMGC has not been covered by the National Health Service since WWII.
These percentages are substantially lower than we understand to be the case, although we believe the practice to be on the decline among Britons who are neither Muslim or Jewish. On the other hand, both Jews (especially Haredi Jews) and Muslims tend to have more children than the non-Muslim and non-Jewish population.
According to the 2011 UK Census, about 2.8 million (4.4%) of the British population is Muslim. This is over ten times larger than the Jewish population, almost 270,000 (0.4%).
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