DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit-area doctor has been charged with performing genital mutilation on two young girls from Minnesota.

Prosecutors say Dr. Jumana Nagarwala was arrested Thursday, days after two 7-year-old girls identified her as the person who performed medical procedures on them at a Livonia clinic in February.

The FBI says the girls were accompanied to the clinic by their mothers. Female genital mutilation of minors is illegal in the U.S. unless there’s a legitimate health reason.

Nagarwala’s attorney, Shannon Smith, declined to comment after a brief court hearing. The doctor will remain in custody and return to court Monday.

In a court filing, the FBI says Nagarwala denied performing genital mutilation. The FBI also says the doctor is a member of a cultural community that believes in the practice.

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Comments (4)
  1. Doesn’t surprise me in the least. Back in the late 90’s I remember the startrip or pioneer press doing a lengthy story on the common practice in the african community in Minneapolis. Did anyone really think it stopped? Never doubt that ultimately their cultural beliefs trump our’s and our laws.

  2. Gene Bovee says:

    Good heavens, the things done in the name of religion!

  3. More than 90% of Somali women are mutilated in this way. Minnesota Somalis send their daughters to Somalia on summer school vacations to be cut. There is an underground that traffics in FGM in the US and UK. Barbaric and inhumane.

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