Naked Child on a London Street

Naked Child on a London Street

“Sunday 25 August 2013, at 2 pm I and my wife walk on the left side pavement on XXXX Road, London direction XXXXX. A few meter after the church car park we meet a man and a woman pulling along with them a severely distressed, crying boy child. (as I am able to estimate, approximately 12-13 years old, but big of stature) between them. I noticed that the boy is only ‘dressed‘ in an unbuttoned white shirt – apart from that naked. I also notice that he has a tiny white dressing attached to his penis – apart from that, no cover. Behind them I also notice a giggling girl together with a few other people – children and grown ups – witnessing the same scenario.

I am shocked by what I have seen and, only after having passed them, my wife mention ‘circumcision’. We return to the site; the family is gone, but we then discover that they had come right out of a (for us new) clinic for circumcision. The door is open and a waiting room is full of children and escorting adults. I notice at least two boys who are clearly in a distressed state, one crying. I address two men, one of them dressed as a clinician, and do tell them what I think about child molestation and that none of these children seem to be there of there own free will. The ‘clinician’ (as it turns out a doctor, the clinic is led by medical professionals) apologises for the stress the naked boy had caused us, but shows no regret or repentance for having (I presume he had performed the ‘surgery’) caused severe stress and pain to a clearly non-consenting innocent child. The ‘clinician’ stresses that this kind of child molestation is legal. Unfortunately it is, as children here, in this country as elsewhere, out of misunderstood ‘tolerance’, are not afforded the legal protection of their own bodies that grown up people would take for granted when it comes to themselves.

It might be legal on non-medical grounds to cut pieces of sensitive skin off non-consenting adolescent boys, but it cannot be legal to humiliate them as happened when this boy was pulled through the waiting room and out on to the London street. Therefore I request this issue to be investigated fully. The boy and his escorts passed the waiting room to get out on the street where I met them. He passed around 15-20 people who witnessed the severe humiliation of him on top of the pain caused by the ‘surgery’.”

This is my version of what I and my wife witnessed on a London street in 2013. She reported the incidence to the local council’s child protection officers and to the General Medical Council. As you will see in the future none of them had any interest in protecting this child or future ‘patients’ of this clinic from maltreatment.

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This article was published shortly after in the local paper. Not related to our story. Thereafter I reported the case above to the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

To: enquiries@cqc.org.uk
Subject: Complaint about circumcision clinic in XXXXX
Date: Fri, 6 Dec 2013 11:16:02 +0100

Dear Sir/Madam, 

Encouraged by the article in (the local) GUARDIAN, 5 December 2013, ‘Patients ‘”at Risk'” regarding your inspection of the circumcision clinic in XXXX  XXXXX, I shall ask you to look into the matter my wife reported to GMC on 28 August and which they astonishingly refused to investigate – reason as explained (and which I cannot accept) in attached letters.
 
As I was a witness myself am now personally taking this case further by bringing it to your attention. My own version of what we witnessed is as follows:
  
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“Sunday 25 August 2013, at 2 pm I and my wife walk on the left side pavement on XXXX Road, London direction XXXXX. A few meter   (…)  This is my version of what I and my wife witnessed on a London street in 2013. She reported the incidence to the local council’s child protection officers and to the General Medical Council. As you will see in the future none of them had any interest in protecting this child or future ‘patients’ of this clinic from maltreatment. It is my firm opinion that also Muslim children have a right to be protected by society from public humiliation and painful procedures. At the very least they have a right not to be paraded naked on a London street. It is clear to me that the doctor who performed this surgery has failed in his duty of care to this boy. He clearly discharged him from the clinic in this state. But extraordinarily enough, GMC has had no interest in asking for his name (it is a small clinic with most likely a single doctor; it should be no problem to get his name). We asked for it, but he refused to tell and ordered us to leave the premises. From social services who are there to protect children, as far as I am aware, we have heard nothing further. No further questions have been asked from their side as to what we witnessed.

Let me make this clear: I am an activist for muslim people’s rights in another part of the world. This is in no way based on anti muslim sentiments. However, if anybody should have forgotten that, their children are human beings as well with their own human rights, and should be protected by the society they live in.

Yours sincerely

Lars G Petersson

 

Of course, to no avail. No response. Not a word…..