Sir James Munby, president of the family division of the High Court, has said that courts will not tolerate the "evil" of female genital mutilation on a child but will permit male circumcision. Sir James was giving judgment in the case of a three-year-old girl who social workers suspected had been subjected to FGM by her Muslim parents. She and her brother had been placed in foster care by Leeds City Council in November 2013 after the "seeming abandonment" of the girl in the street, Sir James said. The council had argued that the girl had been subjected to FGM and the issue was what implications that had for her and for her brother. Sir James urged local authorities to be "proactive and vigilant" in protecting young girls against FGM.