In April, the Justice Department publicized charges against Michigan Doctor Jumana Nagarwala for performing female genital mutilation (FGM) on girls between 6 and 8-years-old. Now, two others have been arrested in connection to what is “believed to be the first case brought under” U.S. federal law that forbids FGM.
RT (h/t Christine D) Dr. Jumana Nagarwala of Northville, Michigan, was arrested in April, along with Dr. Fakhruddin Attar and his wife, Dr. Farida Attar, owners of the Burhani Medical Clinic in Livonia, where the procedures are said to have been carried out. The Attars were released on bail last month. The lawyer says Nagarwala performed a “religious rite of passage that is sacred” to Muslims.
In court documents filed Tuesday, Nagarwala’s attorney Shannon Smith said that the federal investigation in the case has widened to targets in California, Illinois and New York, and that more people might be charged, reported the Detroit News.
The government has charged Nagarwala with mutilating six girls, including two who were brought from Minnesota for the procedure, and that up to 100 girls may have been subjected to the operation over the past decade.
In the video below from Egypt, where more than 80% of young Muslim girls have their genitals cut, this “cutter” performs this evil mutilation without using anesthetic, gloves, or sterilized instruments, as her male relatives watch.