An Ethiopian man was deported to his home country on Monday after serving 10 years in prison for cutting off his 2-year-old daughter’s clitoris with a pair of scissors at their Georgia home in 2001, federal officials said.
Khalid Adem, 41, was imprisoned in 2006 after he became the first person in the U.S. to be convicted of female genital mutilation — a ritualistic practice common in certain parts of the world, but widely condemned in western countries.
Adem committed the grisly act at his family’s Atlanta apartment in 2001 and was subsequently slammed with aggravated battery and cruelty to children charges.
Sean Gallagher, a director with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, stressed the seriousness of Adem’s actions.
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“A young girl’s life has been forever scarred by this horrible crime,” Gallagher said in a statement. “The elimination of female genital mutilation/cutting has broad implications for the health and human rights of women and girls, as well as societies at large.”
Adem’s case led to the implementation of a new Georgia law banning the procedure, which was already illegal under federal statutes.