A doctor in the U.S. has been charged with performing Female Genital Mutilation on two 7-year-olds
Posted by NowThis on Friday, May 5, 2017
A Detroit emergency room doctor was charged on Thursday for performing illegal female genital mutilation on multiple children.
The US Department of Justice says she is believed to be the first American to be charged in such a case.
Dr. Jumana Nagarwala of Northville, Michigan allegedly removed the clitorises of girls between the ages of six and eight. She has potentially been performing the procedure since as early as 2005.
She was scheduled to appear in court Thursday afternoon.
If Nargarwala is found guilty, she could be facing up to five years for each mutilation. Additionally, the doctor was charged with transportation with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity, which carries a 10-year felony.
Acting Assistant Attorney General Blanco stated, “According to the complaint, despite her oath to care for her patients, Dr. Nagarwala is alleged to have performed horrifying acts of brutality on the most vulnerable victims.”
The parents of two victims allegedly were aware that the procedure was being performed on their daughters. Other parents denied having any knowledge of the doctor’s intentions.
A 7-year-old girl from Minnesota told an FBI agent that her parents brought her and another little girl to Michigan for a “special girl’s trip.” She says her and her friend were taken to the hospital because their “tummies hurt.” The girl’s mother allegedly told the girls that the doctor was going to perform a procedure to “get the germs out.”
The World Health Organization estimates the female genital mutilation affects around 200 million women and girls worldwide. Most commonly, the procedure is performed to decrease female sexual pleasure.
Many severe side-effects can potentially result from the removal. Sever bleeding, cysts, infections, increased risk of newborn deaths, difficulties in childbirth, and the permanent loss of sexual pleasure are just a few of the potential complications.
The Henry Ford Health System confirmed that Nargarwala was a doctor with the hospital system and said she has been put on administrative leave.
A spokesperson for the hospital system said they were “shocked by the allegations.”
“The alleged criminal activity did not occur at any Henry Ford facility,” the statement read. “We would never support or condone anything related to this practice.”
Nargarwala was cooperative and voluntarily spoke to FBI investigators, stating that she had never performed such procedures on minors.