DETROIT (AP)– A medical professional was charged Thursday with performing genital mutilation on 2 young Minnesota ladies who took a trip to Michigan with their moms, the first federal prosecution of exactly what the government describes as “terrible acts of brutality.”
Dr. Jumana Nagarwala was detained after the 7-year-olds recognized her as the individual who performed treatments on them in February at a center in suburban Detroit, inning accordance with the FBI.
Nagarwala heard the allegations during a quick appearance in U.S. District Court and was gone back to jail to wait for another hearing Monday. District attorneys want to keep her secured without bond.
Defense lawyer Shannon Smith declined to comment to reporters. In a court filing, the FBI stated many more ladies have informed detectives that Nagarwala carried out treatments on their genitals.
“Despite her oath to take care of her patients, Dr. Nagarwala is declared to have actually carried out terrible acts of cruelty on the most susceptible victims,” stated Kenneth Blanco, acting U.S. assistant attorney general.
Female genital mutilation of minors is unlawful in the U.S. unless there’s a genuine health factor. The United States Lawyer’s Office in Detroit stated it’s the very first case of its kind to be prosecuted in federal court.
The FBI said Nagarwala, 44, belongs to a cultural community that thinks in the practice however that she rejected performing it when interviewed by agents. She is charged with genital mutilation, making incorrect declarations and other criminal offenses.
A winter glove belonging to among the 7-year-old ladies was found at the Livonia clinic. The moms and dads of that kid told private investigators they took her to Michigan to see Nagarwala “for a ‘cleansing’ of extra skin,” FBI representative Kevin Swanson said.
The government didn’t reveal the name of the rural clinic. Nagarwala apparently does not work there regularly.
The World Health Organization said the practice of getting rid of or hurting female genital organs has no recognized health benefits. Yet it has been performed on more than 200 million women and ladies in 30 nations, according to the group.
“It reflects deep-rooted inequality in between the sexes and constitutes a severe type of discrimination against females. It is nearly constantly carried out on minors and is a violation of the rights of kids,” WHO states on its site.
Nagarwala, a 1998 graduate of Johns Hopkins medical school in Baltimore, has been put on leave at Henry Ford Health center in Detroit where she is an emergency room doctor. Online records show no history of discipline by state regulators.
“The supposed criminal activity did not occur at any Henry Ford center. We would never support or condone anything associated to this practice,” healthcare facility spokesperson David Olejarz stated.
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