February 26, 2024

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Two-year-old girl not circumcised, DPJ decides

Two-year-old girl not circumcised, DPJ decides

The Department of Youth Protection (DPJ) has not received any report of a possible case of genital mutilation of a two-year-old girl. It was not circumcised, the DPJ determined after an examination, a statement that ends this file.

“The medical evaluation reveals a completely normal physical development of the child, without any irregularity or deficiency”, indicates the CIUSSS of the Capital-National in a press release published on Friday – “at the request of the parents”, it is accurate.

The girl’s case was published by the newspaper earlier this month Gallery. An educator at a childcare center (CPE) in the Quebec City area reported that while changing the child’s diaper, he noticed that her anatomy was abnormal and that she had suffered genital mutilation. Along with his director, he would have contacted the TPJ, who would have replied that the case was too lenient to initiate an investigation, it was reported.

The possible removal and the refusal of the DPJ led to two interventions by the authorities. The Commission for Human Rights and Youth Rights (CDPDJ) opened an investigation, and Lionel Garmant, the minister responsible for social services, promised that the girl’s case would be assessed by the DPJ.

The assessment has now taken place, and the DPJ noted that his anatomy was normal and “his psychomotor development was beyond expectations for his age”.

“The parents have shown great cooperation throughout the investigation process. We are currently providing them with support services to accompany them through this traumatic and hurtful ordeal. We wish them the best and a speedy return to normal life,” said the Director of Youth Protection at CIUSSS de la Capitale-Nationale ( DPJ) said Patrick Corriveau.

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When the CDPDJ announced that it was launching its investigation to ensure that the rights of the child were respected, it noted that the CPE had done the right thing by contacting the DPJ. At the time, the Youth Protection Act required any professional caring for children who had reasonable grounds to believe that their safety or development was being compromised – or could be perceived to be – “to report a situation where there is no delay”.

Female circumcision and other genital mutilation are prohibited by the Criminal Code of Canada.

However, the DYP’s decision in this case did not end the investigation by the Commission des droits de la personne et de la jeunesse.

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