The Detroit Free Press reported Thursday that documents the newspaper obtained have shown much more serious mutilation of Dr. Jumana Nagarwala’s alleged victims than the doctor has admitted to.
Nagarwala’s attorney Shannon Smith claimed in a hearing that no cutting of the alleged 7 year-old victims took place and that excess skin was simply removed for burning in a religious ceremony.
The Free Press, however, reports that documents have shown the injuries to 2 Minnesota girls’ genitals are more severe than Nagarwala is claiming.
The arrests of Dr. Nagarwala and others last week represent the 1st federal female genital mutilation(FGM) investigation in United States law-enforcement history.
FGM involves removing parts of the victim’s clitoris, labia majoria, and labia minora. Those subjected are usually pre-pubescent girls.
According to statistics reported by UNICEF, 98% of Somali girls and 87% of Egyptian women have endured the procedure.