In a groundbreaking decision, a regional court in Cologne, Germany has ruled Unnecessary Male Circumcision illegal.
The following post is based on a google translation of an article which appeared in the German Financial Times - you can read to google translation by clicking here
The ruling concerned a Muslim doctor who had circumcised a four-year-old boy at the request of the parents Two days later the boy was bleeding from his penis and the mother took him to the children's emergency room.
Local prosecutors became aware of the case and indicted the circumciser. The district court initially found the procedure to be legal but the prosecutor and she appealed.
At the appeal the district court ruled that the circumcision constituted "serious and irreversible impairment of physical integrity."
According to the article, this means that the circumcision of boys for non-medical reasons in future with be considered an assault and anyone who circumcises a boy in Germany is liable to prosecution.
Neither the parents nor the right to freedom of religion guaranteed in the Basic Law can justify this procedure, the court ruled.
Every year in Germany, several thousand boys are circumcised in their early years at the request of parents. It is the first time a German court has ruled the procedure is illegal.
The news is a huge victory for "intactavists" worldwide and the article acknowledges that a "massive resistance" to the practice is taking shape.