An Indian doctor including his wife was arrested & charged with helping another Indian-origin doctor do genital mutilations on minor girls, a procedure criminalized in the US.
Fakhruddin Attar, 53, including his wife Farida Attar, 50, from Michigan state, were indicted with conspiring with Jumana Nagarwala, 44, to perform female genital mutilations (FGM) out of Fakhruddin’s medical clinic in Livonia.
The Attars were arrested on Friday while Nagarwala was arrested finishing week moreover charged with performing the procedure on six- to eight-year-olds.
Nagarwala, Fakhruddin, and Farida are assumed to be the primary people charged under federal United States law, which criminalizes FGM.
According to an online physician directory, Fakhruddin graduated from the Baroda Medical College in Gujarat, India in 1988.
The charges say that Nagarwala utilized to perform the medical procedure on minor girls at Burhani Medical Clinic (BMC) in Michigan owned & operated by Fakhruddin.
Fakhruddin’s wife was employed at the BMC as an officer manager.
A complaint upon the Attars told the couple arranged & assisted in the mutilation, letting their clinic to be used by Nagarwala.
Many minor girls informed forensic personnel that Nagarwala had performed the procedure on their genitals while one minor girl told Farida had been present when Nagarwala did the deed.
According to the complaint, few of the minor victims traveled interstate to have the procedure performed.
The number of girls under 18 at risk of FGM in the United States has quadrupled since 1997. The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention estimates 513,000 women & girls are at risk of FGM in the United States. FGM has been a crime under federal law since 1996 & is punishable by up to 5 years in prison, however, it is not a crime in 26 United States states, including Michigan.
The complaint filed on Nagarwala last week had told federal agents examined her telephone records moreover further inquiry revealed that parents of 2 minor girls had traveled to Michigan.
The girls were later questioned by a forensic expert during which one of the girls said she was informed she was coming to Detroit for a “special” girls’ trip, but after arriving at the hotel she learned that she and the other girl had to go to the doctor because “our tummies hurt.”
The World Health Organisation said female genital mutilation comprises all methods that include partial or complete removal of the external female genitalia, or other injuries to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons.