Outrageous. Yet utterly predictable. The CPS will do everything it can to avoid bringing a prosecution for MGM, and had the mother approved of the procedure, it would still have been illegal under the Offences Against the Person Act 1861. No exemptions to the law are allowed for legal or cultural considerations. The arrest of Dr Balvinder Mehat and the boy’s father and paternal grandmother on suspicion of committing (and conspiring to commit) Grievous Bodily Harm with Intent (maximum sentence – life imprisonment) was nothing more than a publicity stunt, following embarrassment at the CPS and Nottingham Police over their utter incompetence in the case. From the article:
According to the British Medical Association, male circumcision in the UK is generally assumed to be lawful provided there is valid consent.
It is WRONGLY ‘generally assumed to be lawful’.
The light at the end of the tunnel in this case is the outstanding lawyer seeking to bring a prosecution, Saimo Chahal QC. From the article:
Saimo Chahal QC (Hon) is appealing the Crown Prosecution Service’s decision and has written a 24-page letter, “outlining numerous defects in their decision-making process and evaluation of this case”.
She told the BBC: “The decision lacks any semblance of a considered and reasoned decision and is flawed and irrational.”
If prosecutors do not review their decision within 14 days, she said, the mother will “be obliged to take the matter before the administrative court for a determination of these very important issues, which need to be resolved not only for her personal case but also for the wider public interest issues that the case raises”.