Immigration officials erred in denying a Ghanian woman’s application for asylum on the grounds that her fear of forced genital mutilation was not objectively reasonable, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has ruled.

A unanimous three-judge panel overturned the decision of an immigration judge and the Board of Immigration Appeals, blocking the imminent deportation of Adelaide Abankwah in Abankwah v. INS, 98-4304.