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A London solicitor accused of forcing his daughter to undergo female genital mutilation was acquitted Thursday, increasing pressure on police and prosecutors who have yet to secure a conviction for FGM more than 30 years after it was outlawed.The prosecution was only the second to be brought under FGM legislation introduced in 1985 .The 50-year-old lawyer, who comes from West Africa, said FGM was not practiced in his community and he had no idea who had cut his daughter.Prosecutors were criticized over the first FGM trial in 2015 when a doctor was accused of performing FGM while treating a woman who had given birth.A second trial involving FGM – but brought under child cruelty laws – collapsed last month.
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