London: In what may open up a big debate, a court in the United Kingdom has prevented a Muslim man from forcing his sons to circumcise.
The 36-year-old Algerian born dad wanted to circumcise his two sons aged six and four in accordance with his Muslim faith.
However, the mother of the kids, who is separated from her husband, was staunchly opposed the idea, leading to the matter reaching the court.
The Muslim man, who had entered Britain illegally in 2001, argued in the court that circumcision went to the very core of his identity as a Muslim.
As per a report in The Telegraph, he said all his family were circumcised and would feel "devastated" if his application were not granted.
However, the judge was not impressed.
She said: "Just as the father is passionate in his cause and the reasons for circumcision, the mother is resolutely opposed to it at this point," adding that the children should not be circumcised until they are old enough to decide for themselves.