A 44-year-old Indian-origin lady doctor has been imprisoned & charged with performing genital mutilation on girls aged six to eight. Considered to be the 1st such incident in the United States., Jumana Nagarwala, an emergency room physician, has been charged with performing female genital mutilation (FGM) on minor girls out of a medical office in Livonia, Michigan. Ms. Nagarwala is listed to appear in federal court in Detroit.
According to the charge, few of the minor victims allegedly traveled interstate to have Ms. Nagarwala complete the procedure.
The girls were following questioned by a forensic expert & 1 of the girls told she was told that she was coming to Detroit for a “special” girls trip, but later arriving at the hotel, she discovered that she & the other girl had to go to the doctor as “our tummies hurt“. The girls had been carried to Ms. Nagarwala, who completed the procedure on the girls.
Congress passed a law in 1996 declaring it illegal to perform genital mutilation or cutting in the United States on anybody under than eighteen. FGM is punishable by up to 5 years in prison, though, it is not a crime in 26 United States states, covering Michigan.
“…despite her oath to care for her patients, Nagarwala is alleged to have performed horrifying acts of brutality on the most vulnerable victims,” Acting Assistant Attorney General Kenneth Blanco of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division told in a statement on Thursday.