2 more charged in Michigan genital mutilation investigation

2 more charged in Michigan genital mutilation investigation

Two more arrested in Michigan genital mutilation case

The Attars will appear in court Friday.

According to the criminal complaint, some of Attar's victims, ranging from ages 6 to 8, are believed to have traveled interstate to have the procedure performed. Nagarwala is an emergency room doctor in Detroit. Dr. Attar and his wife are accused of conspiring with Dr. Jumana Nagarwala, 44, of Northville. Nargawala was arrested in Detroit on April 12.

The federal complaint against Nagarwala alleges she communicated with two mothers from Minnesota and made arrangements to bring their 7-year-old daughters to the Livonia clinic on February 3 to perform the procedures.

Some of the children were brought from out of state for the illegal procedure.

The World Health Organisation said female genital mutilation (FGM) comprises all procedures that involve partial or total removal of the external female genitalia, or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates 513,000 women and girls are at risk of FGM in the US.

Members of a particular religious and cultural community are known to practice FGM on young girls as part of their beliefs and cultural practice to suppress sexuality. The objective of this illegal practice is to suppress female sexuality in order to reduce sexual pleasure.

Last week, Dr. Jumana Nagarwala of Northville, Michigan was charged with performing female genital mutilation on minor girls out of her Livonia medical office.

One of the girls told investigators they were brought to Detroit for a special "girls" trip. On April 10, 2017, child forensic interviews employed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and HSI interviewed several minor girls in MI. There were fears she was going to flee the country after she was charged.

On 11 April, a medical examiner in Minnesota inspected both girls and confirmed they had undergone genital surgery, which caused them much pain.

The affidavit also alleges that there are MI victims as well.

Nagarwala claims she only removed mucous from each girl's genitals using gauze, and gave the gauze to their mothers to bury as part of a religious act, according to the court document.

"Female genital mutilation constitutes a particularly brutal form of violence against women and girls. The practice has no place in modern society and those who perform FGM on minors will be held accountable under federal law", stated Acting United States Attorney Daniel Lemisch.

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