USA doctor charged with genital mutilation on girls

USA doctor charged with genital mutilation on girls

USA doctor charged with genital mutilation on girls

Dr. Jumana Nagarwala is being charged with performing female genital mutilation procedures on two seven-year-old girls from Minnesota.

Nagarwala, who is a US citizen and lives in a $470,000 home with her husband in Oakland County, has no criminal history.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Sara Woodward said during the detention hearing that Nagarwala performed the procedure after hours and didn't keep patient or billing records. A fact sheet by the World Health Organization (WHO) says this procedure can cause severe bleeding, problems urinating, cysts, infections, complications in childbirth and increased risk of newborn deaths.

Nagarwala, who received her medical degree from Johns Hopkins University in Maryland, has been licensed as a physician in MI since 2001; state records show no formal complaints or disciplinary action against her.

"This is going to be a complex" case, Smith said. In 2016, a man belonging to the Dawoodi Bohra community was the first person to be imprisoned over FGM in Australia.

She allegedly performed the procedures in an office in Livonia.

One of the children told an investigator this week that they were in MI to see a doctor because "our tummies hurt", and were examined by Nagarwala.

Doctors who examined the girls this week confirmed that their genital areas were "abnormal" and bore signs of mutilation. Prosecutors said they found a series of phone calls and more than a dozen text messages between Nagarwala and one of the girls' mothers, who on January 23 sent this text to the doctor: "Feb 3 at 6:45 p.m.?"

Nagarwala, an emergency room doctor at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit and a U.S. citizen, appeared in U.S. District Court in Detroit on Thursday handcuffed and shackled, wearing a white headscarf, glasses and long white dress with colorful embroidery near her shackled feet. Authorities would not comment on whether more charges are coming, but an FBI agent wrote in a court document that the investigation "has identified other children who may have been victimized by Nagarwala" and that "multiple minor girls" in MI have said that mutilation procedures "had been performed on their genitals by Nagarwala".

The World Health Organisation said female genital mutilation 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 practice has no place in modern society and those who perform FGM on minors will be held accountable under federal law".

The case has illuminated a global debate about female genital mutilation, an internationally recognized violation of human rights popular among certain religious and cultural communities.

More than 200 million girls and women alive today have been cut in 30 countries in Africa, the Middle East and Asia where FGM is concentrated. Last year's report, however, found that in the United States, "The increase in the number of women and girls younger than 18 years of age at risk for FGM was more than four times that of previous estimates". Her parents told her that the procedure was a secret and that she was not allowed to talk about it.

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Congress passed a law in 1996 making it illegal to perform genital mutilation or cutting in the United States on anyone under than 18.

The practice is rooted in attempts to control women's sexuality and ideas about purity, modesty and beauty that persist in some communities.

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Bergstrom and other women discussed the issue in a video produced by the U.S. State Department and posted online last month.

The case against Nagarwala dates to at least February. A man who was originally from Ethiopia named Khalid Adem was deported earlier this year after serving 10 years in prison for using scissors to perform FGM on his 2-year-old daughter.

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