Dr. Jumana Nagarwala, 44, of Northville, Michigan has been accused of performing the surgical mutilation of the genitals of two minor girls between the ages of 6 and 8 at her office near Detroit. A victim reported that she had been brought from Minnesota to Livonia, a suburb of Detroit, on a “special girls trip” by her mother, according to the criminal complaint. The girl said Dr. Nargawala pinched her in her genital area and was told not to talk about the surgical procedure. The girl said that she was taken to the physician “to get the germs out.” An examining physican found on April 11 that the girl’s genitals had been altered or removed. The child identified Dr. Nagarwala as the doctor who performed the procedure.
 
An emergency room physician, Dr. Nargawala had privileges at Henry Ford Health Systems.
 
The other victim of the female genital mutilation said she was given an injection that hurt enough that it made her scream in pain. She also said that after the procedure, she could barely walk because of the pain that reached to her ankle.
 
In a statement, U.S. Attorney Daniel Lemisch said, “Female genital mutilation constitutes a particularly brutal form of violence against women and girls.” Lemisch added, “It is also a serious federal felony in the United States. The practice has no place in modern society and those who perform FGM on minors will be held accountable under federal law.” Female genital mutilation involves the partial or total removal of the clitoris.
 
The World Health Organization has noted that women who have undergone FGM, a practice which has no medical benefit. It is common among some Muslims and is a way of suppressing female sexual pleasure.
 
Currently, Nagarwala is also being investigated for possibly performing the procedure on children between 2005 and 2007 Some of the children were brought from out of state for the illegal procedure. 
 
“According to the complaint, despite her oath to care for her patients, Dr. Nagarwala is alleged to have performed horrifying acts of brutality on the most vulnerable victims,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Blanco. “The Department of Justice is committed to stopping female genital mutilation in this country, and will use the full power of the law to ensure that no girls suffer such physical and emotional abuse.”
 
“The allegations detailed in today’s criminal complaint are disturbing. The FBI, along with its law enforcement partners, are committed to doing whatever necessary to bring an end to this barbaric practice and to ensure no additional children fall victim to this procedure”, said Special Agent in Charge David Gelios. 


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Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat and the editor of Spero News.

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