100 Girls Possibly Underwent Islamic Genital Mutilation In US Clinic
More than 100 girls were allegedly victims of genital mutilation in a Detroit clinic, according to prosecutors who have already filed charges against three people.
The clinic allegedly mutilated the female genitals as a religious act. Fakhruddin Attar, a doctor by trade, owns the clinic. A Detroit emergency room doctor named Jumana Nagarwala has been accused of performing the mutilations. Attar’s wife Farida Attar is accused of being present and having complete knowledge of the procedures.
All three are part of a secret Muslim group called Dawoodi Bohra. This is part of the Shiite faction of the Muslim divide. The Dawoodi Bohra is a controversial branch of Islam, even within the Islamic community.
Prosecutors claim the acts of mutilation can be traced back to 2005. All parties have denied any wrongdoing officially.
The children were between the ages of six and nine. In a statement to NBC, Nagarwala’s lawyer denied that accusation and called them “quite frankly wrong” and “clear overreach by the government in overstating its case.”
The Attar’s were released on $10,000 bail and will be using an electronic monitoring device to assure they don’t flee.
The three are the first cases to be tried for genital mutilation in the United States.
The case has sparked outrage in the anti-circumcision community which claims that it is hypocrisy to charge these individuals when the United States condones and even encourages “genital mutilation” of boys.
The Michigan House passed a bill has now passed a bill that extends the statute of limitations to ten years on genital mutilation cases. Being a party to transporting someone to a genital mutilation procedure could carry a sentence of up to 15 years in prison and a $25,000 fine.
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Author: Jim Satney
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