A mother and midwife both found guilty of mutilating the genitals of two Sydney school girls.

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A mother and former midwife convicted over genital mutilation of two young girls may not serve jail time despite being found guilty, the Daily Telegraph reports.

The mother, who cannot be named, organised retired midwife, Kubra Magennis, 72, to perform the mutilations upon her two daughters when they were only seven and six.

The women have received 15-month sentences and referrals to a home detention assessment.

Community leader,  Shabbir Mohammedbhai Vaziri, 59, was also found guilty and sentenced to 15 months imprisonment for being an accessory after the fact.

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Supreme Court Judge Justice Peter Johnson told the women they would have received harsher penalties if the offences occurred after May 20, 2014 when parliament raised the penalty from seven to 22 years.

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The court heard the mother did not intend to have genital mutilation or ‘khatna’ performed on her remaining daughters.

‘Khatna’ is a process that involves nicking or cutting a girl’s clitoris in the presence of female elders, ABC News reports.

It has been reported that when the two girls were interviewed, the older girl, then aged 9, said she had received “a little cut down there” while her sister, then aged 6, said she had been “hurt in the bottom”.

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Razors are commonly used to perform genital mutilations. (Photo: PLAN International)

Justice Johnson said the mother had apologised to the girls in a letter.

Khatna has been a practice in our culture for 14 centuries,” the mother wrote.

“The courts found you were injured and I was responsible.

“I thought I was doing what was required culturally and I accept it was against the law.”

According to the Daily Telegraph, the judge said he would not sentence the mother to prison as it would “punish” the daughters who still live with her.

“A sentencing outcome that would see those children who are the victims being punished would not serve the process of justice,” Justice Johnson said.

Justice Johnson said he would also not send Magennis and Vaziri to prison because of their ill health.

The three were released on bail and will return to court on April 22.

Click below to watch a heartbreaking video that explains the devastation that is genital mutilation.

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