A muslim emergency room doctor in Michigan has been caught performing female genital mutilation operations on children as young as 6 years old, officials say. Jumana Nagarwala used a private physician’s office to perform the horrifying act.
As police investigated, they found that Nagarwala had many victims, however, only two of the parents admitted to allowing Nagarwala to perform the mutilating procedure on their daughters.
This family’s case was particularly detailed in the complaint. They had travelled all the way from Minnesota and told their young daughters, one aged 7, the other unknown, that they were taking them to the doctor because ‘their tummies hurt’, recount the young children.
Nagarwala had them disrobe and did the surgery. One of the children recalls that she cried out from the pain. Nagarwala then gave them ‘special underwear’ to use, and told them not to tell anyone what happened.
The Daily Mail then found that:
A medical review of both Minnesota children found their genitals were mutilated.
The World Health Organization defines FGM as any “procedures that intentionally alter or cause injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons,” and notes that “FGM is mostly carried out on young girls between infancy and age 15.” FGM is “often considered a necessary part of raising a girl, and a way to prepare her for adulthood and marriage” in some cultures, the WHO continues. “FGM is associated with cultural ideals of femininity and modesty, which include the notion that girls are clean and beautiful after removal of body parts that are considered unclean, unfeminine or male.”
Throughout the investigation FBI agents allege that they found “multiple minor girls” that had procedures performed on their genitals by Nagarwala. Two parents of involved children admitted to the FBI that Nagarwala had performed FGM on their daughters. Nagarwala was a practicing physician at Henry Ford hospital in Detroit and received her M.D. at Johns Hopkins University. The justice department believes Nagarwala is the first such person to be prosecuted under anti-FGM laws.