Published: 2018-02-16 09:53
Last Updated: 2018-02-16 11:27
A Jordanian man is suing his father for having him circumcised.
The man filed a lawsuit against his parent after claiming that he had used a warlock to circumcise him according to Jewish traditions just one week after he was born, which led to the disfigurement of his penis.
“My father had me circumcised for no legitimate, religious or health reasons, and without consulting with a doctor first,” the distressed man, who works as a lawyer, said.
Circumcision is a common religious practice amongst Jews, Muslims and some Christians. It is the surgical removal of the foreskin, the tissue covering the head (glans) of the penis.
The complainant stressed that his father’s act constitutes an offence that has subjected his penis to bleeding, pain and disfigurement, and deprived him of benefitting from an important part of his body.
“There was neither a legal nor religious valid justification for having me circumcised. This is a hostile crime that every child in this society is subjected to; an inhumane and cruel act.”
The lawyer was adamant that removing that crucial part from his penis has caused him not only physical, but psychological problems as well.
He is now demanding financial compensation from his father, in the first case of its kind in the Kingdom.
Jordanian lawyer Hatem Al Ghuweiri told Roya that what the defendant has done is not a crime punishable by law.
Al Ghuweiri added that the claim is based on something that is performed on a daily basis in Jordanian hospitals and medical centres, and one that is seen identical in necessity to cutting the umbilical cord at birth.