FGM in Michigan: Doctor Charged

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Dr. Jumana Nagarwala. (Photo: Video screenshot.)

A doctor in Michigan was charged with performing female genital mutilation on girls as young as six. Some of the girls were shipped to the clinic in Livonia from out of state to undergo the illegal procedure.

Female genital mutilation is the complete or partial removal of the clitoris and other external female genitalia. It has no medical benefit and is deeply harmful to those forced to suffer it.

Jumana Nagarwala, 44, of Northville, Michigan was formally charged with performing female genital mutilation on underage girls. One girl was reportedly told she was going on a “special trip” to “get the germs out.”

“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,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Blanco. “The Department of Justice is committed to stopping female genital mutilation in this country, and will use the full power of the law to ensure that no girls suffer such physical and emotional abuse.”

The hospital for whom the Nagarwala worked, Henry Ford, placed her on immediate administrative leave and issued a statement saying “The alleged criminal activity did not occur at any Henry Ford facility. We would never support or condone anything related to this practice.”

Acting United States Attorney Daniel Lemisch stated:

“Female genital mutilation constitutes a particularly brutal form of violence against women and girls. It is also a serious federal felony in the United States. The practice has no place in modern society and those who perform FGM on minors will be held accountable under federal law.”

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Elliot Friedland

Elliot Friedland is a research fellow at Clarion Project.