Peru

The practice of 'introcision' has been reported among the Conibos tribe in Peru. According to a report by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in 1995,  introcision takes place when a girl reaches puberty:

'[The girl] is intoxicated and subjected to mutilation in front of her community. The operation is performed by an elderly woman, using a bamboo knife. She cuts around the hymen from the vaginal entrance and severs the hymen from the labia, at the same time exposing the clitoris. Medicinal herbs are applied, followed by the insertion into the vagina of a slightly moistened penis-shaped object made of clay.'

It is not known how prevalent this practice is at present.

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