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FGM: Detroit doctor Jumana Nagarwala faces life in jail

Dr Nagarwala mutilated girls aged between six and eight, prosecutors say

A doctor in the US city of Detroit has been charged with carrying out female genital mutilation (FGM) on young girls in what is believed to be the first case of its kind in the country.

Prosecutors said Jumana Nagarwala had been performing the practice on girls aged between six and eight for 12 years.

She was investigated after the authorities received a tip-off.

If found guilty, she faces a maximum sentence of life in prison.

FGM was made illegal in the US in 1996.

In a voluntary interview with investigators earlier this week Dr Nagarwala denied being involved in any such procedure, local media reported.

But prosecutors said she had performed “horrifying acts of brutality on the most vulnerable victims”.

Some travelled to her practise from outside the state of Michigan and were told not to talk about the procedure, they added.

Dr Nagarwala appeared in a federal court in Detroit and was remanded in custody.

“Female genital mutilation constitutes a particularly brutal form of violence against women and girls. It is also a serious federal felony in the United States,” acting US attorney Daniel Lemisch said.

“The practice has no place in modern society and those who perform FGM on minors will be held accountable under federal law.”

The first recorded case of FGM in the US was in 2006, when an Ethiopian immigrant was jailed for 10 years for aggravated battery and cruelty to children for mutilating his two-year-old daughter five years earlier with a pair of scissors.

In 2012 the US authorities said more than 500,000 women and girls in the country had either been subjected to FGM or were at risk of it.

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About 200 million girls and women around the world have suffered some form of FGM, the UN says, with half living in Egypt, Ethiopia and Indonesia, the UN says.

Source: BBC

2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. Asiff Hussein

    April 14, 2017 at 5:29 am

    How hypocritical can the US be? It is perfectly fine with male circumcision because its Jewish but penalizes female circumcision because its Islamic.I believe there is an urgent need for Muslims to invoke the US Constitution which guarantees the free practice of one’s religious rites.

    All the evidence shows that Islamic female circumcision is as beneficial as male circumcision. This obligatory duty for Muslim women involves removing the skin (prepuce) covering the clitoris (hoodectomy) and is not genital mutilation as the Zionist media claims. It facilitates genital hygiene of women and contributes to a better sex life. It prevents Urinary tract Infections, AIDS and transmission of cancer-causing HPV to husbands through oral sex. Even modern American women are doing it under the name hoodectomy. So what’s wrong with Muslim women doing it?

    See: http://asiffhussein.com/2015/04/02/female-circumcision-the-hidden-truth/

  2. Francis Quarshie

    April 14, 2017 at 5:52 am

    The US is working based on an agenda. God is not asleep, He’s watching.

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