2 more charged in Michigan genital mutilation investigation

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They're charged with conspiring to perform genital mutilation on minor girls by letting a doctor use their clinic to perform the procedure.

"He has no criminal history, and he looks forward to fighting this case out in court", she said.

Building on a case in which two girls were victims of genital mutilation, United States federal agents have arrested a doctor and his wife on allegations of helping to arrange the procedures. She did not charge money to perform the procedures and did not fill out paperwork, according to courtroom testimony.

During the hearing, a federal judge chose to keep Nagarwala incarcerated while the criminal case is pending.

The victims are between 6 and 8 years old, according to authorities. One of the girls in Minnesota was temporarily removed from the home but is now back with her parents. He and his wife were both allegedly present when the girls arrived with their parents for the procedure. Allegedly, Attar's wife told community members to "completely deny" that the procedures took place if asked by the authorities.

Her parents told investigators they had taken the girl to see Nagarwala in MI for a "cleansing".

WXYZ reported that Doctor Fakhruddin Attar and his wife Farida Attar were both arrested Friday morning at their Burhani Medical Clinic in Livonia.

According to the DOJ, the trio are believed to be the first people charged under a federal law which criminalizes female genital mutilation.

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Dr. Fakhruddin Attar is accused of letting Dr. Jumana Nagarwala perform mutilations at his Burhani Medical Clinic on Farmington Road. He said Nagarwala saw the patients for problems with their genitals, including treatment of rashes.

The doctor accused of performing the mutilations, Jumana Nagarwala, was charged in federal court April 12 and is being held without bond on charges that could send her to federal prison for life.

Nagarwala is shown on surveillance video entering a closed Livonia clinic on February 3, according to courtroom testimony. Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is considered the complete removal or partial removal of the clitoris, known as a clitoridectomy. The families were, according to The Detroit Free Press, members of the Dawoodi Bohra Muslim community. "The ritual of "khatna" is non-insertive and performed on each and every female member of our community and is considered a religious practice".

Two online petitions, started by a group called Speak out on FGM, is seeking to end female genital mutilation in India and has so far garnered a total of more than 200,000 signatures.

There are reports of FGM being practiced also in the United Kingdom, where FGM "parties" are becoming problematic, with midwives from Africa being flown in to perform the procedure, according to the Black Health Initiative, an England-based charity. "Most of us are too scared to speak out publicly".

"We were never even contacted for assistance", he said.

World Health Organization said FGM, which is mostly carried out on young girls between infancy and age 15, is a violation of the human rights of girls and women.

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