Michigan Doctor Charged With Performing Female Genital Mutilation On Young Girls

It's estimated that half a million girls in the United States have experienced or are at risk for genital mutilation.

By Jaime Lutz

A Detroit-area Emergency Room doctor was arrested for performing female genital mutilation on young girls. It may be the first prosecution of its kind in the United States, reported The Washington Post.

Jumana Nagarwala, 44, was charged with female genital mutilation, transportation with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity, and making a false statement to a federal officer, after investigators alleged that the two girls travelled with their parents from Minnesota in order for Nagarwala to perform the procedure on them in 2017. 

One of the girls said she could barely walk after the surgery, according to prosecutors.

Other young girls may have gotten the illegal procedure done between 2005 and 2007, investigators said.

Female genital mutilation—in which all or part of a girl’s vulva, including her clitoris, is removed—has no known health benefits and may result in infections, infertility, pain, and death. It is widely performed in many African and Middle Eastern countries. Some immigrants from those countries have brought the procedure here, according to a June 2016 report from the Government Accountability Office.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated that in 2012, half a million women and girls were at risk of or subjected to female genital mutilation.

Nargarwala said she did not know genital mutilation was illegal, but she claimed not to have performed the surgery, according to the Post.

[Image: Henry Ford Hospital]

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