Germany had made it illegal to circumcise a child, even for religious purposes. What do you think about this?
A German court has ruled that parents canâ€™t have their sons
circumcised on religious grounds in a move which has angered Muslim and
Jewish groups in the country.
ÂThe court in Cologne decided that a legal guardianâ€™s authority over a
child does not allow them to subject them to the procedure, which the
court called minor bodily harm, reports The Financial Times Deutschland.
does religious freedom, which is protected by law in Germany, give
grounds for such decisions to be taken for the children, the ruling
The court was considering a case against a Muslim
doctor, who performed circumcision on a four-year-old boy at his
parentsâ€™ request. Two days after the procedure bleeding started, after
which the boy had to be taken to hospital.
learned about the incident and launched a criminal investigation against
the doctor. The initial court trial ruled that there was no violation
of the law, but the prosecutorâ€™s office took the case to the Cologne
The decision sets a precedent, which may affect medical practice across the country.
possible ban on circumcision provoked outrage among Jewish and Muslim
organizations in Germany, where every year thousands of boys are
circumcised in their early years at the request of parents. They regard
the ban as a "serious interference in the right to freedom of religion."
But none of the organizations so far has commented on the verdict,
explaining they first need to study thoroughly the reasoning of the
Some experts however donâ€™t rule out that the right for religiously motivated circumcision will be considered by the Federal Constitutional Court.
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