A Detroit emergency room doctor has been charged in federal court Thursday with performing female genital mutilations on two girls in the first case of its kind in the U.S. The authorities believe the doctor may have been engaging in the practice for years.
Dr. Jumana Nagarwala is accused of performing mutilation procedures this year on at least two girls in a medical clinic in Livonia, Michigan. According to court documents there is evidence to show she may have been involved in carrying out other mutilations as far back as 2005.
From ABC News:
The Department of Justice has charged a Detroit doctor with performing female genital mutilation on minors, it announced Thursday.
Northville, Michigan, resident and emergency room physician Jumana Nagarwala was allegedly performing the surgery on girls between ages 6 and 8 in a medical office in Livonia, about 20 miles west of Detroit, the DOJ said in a press release.
According to a criminal complaint filed in the Eastern District of Michigan, Nagarwala was charged with performing female genital mutilation, transportation with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity and conspiracy, and making a false statement to a federal officer.
Nagarwala was arrested Thursday and set to appear in federal court later this afternoon. Her arrest is believed to be first case brought under the federal law criminalizing female genital mutilation, 18 U.S.C. 116, according to the DOJ.