Detroit-Area Doctor Arrested for Female Genital Mutilation on Minors

The girls were between 6 and 8 years old.

By Liberty McArtor Published on April 13, 2017

A Detroit-area doctor was arrested Thursday for performing female genital mutilation (FGM) on two minor girls, The Detroit News reported.

Jumana Nagarwala is scheduled to appear in federal court Thursday afternoon. A press release from the Department of Justice said Nagarwala is believed to be the first person charged under the federal law prohibiting FGM. The law passed in 1996. The offense is a federal felony.

The News reports the charge came after an FBI investigation of Nagarwala. The FBI interviewed the doctor’s two victims, who identified Nagarwala as the woman who performed the procedure. According to the Justice Department’s press release, the girls were between 6 and 8 years old.

One girl said the doctor “pinched” her and the other said she “got a shot” that made her scream in pain. Both girls were instructed by their parents not to tell anyone of the procedure.

Nagarwala has reportedly denied the allegations. But the FBI’s investigation revealed that the girls’ families checked into a hotel nearby the clinic where the FGM took place. Phone records show that one of the families is from Minnesota and communicated with Nagarwala. One of the girls’ parents also confirmed the trip. According to FBI records, they called the procedure a “cleansing” of extra skin, the News reports.

FGM removes some or all of external female genitalia. There is no medical benefit to the procedure, which causes severe pain and serious health problems. It usually occurs in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. The World Health Organization calls FGM “a violation of the human rights of girls and women.” The organization notes that over 200 million women and girls currently living have undergone the procedure.

Over 500,000 women and girls were at risk for FGM in the U.S. in 2012, CNN reported, citing data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. CNN noted the significant spike in the number of those at risk from 1990.

Nagarwala is employed by Henry Ford Health System and has been placed on administrative leave, the News reported.

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    • Autrey Windle

      Update from another source today says she is in jail and they are trying to hold her without bail allowed. Praise God!

  • Paul

    Circumcision will soon be criminalized as well.

    • Jennifer Hartline

      Paul, your smug remark is offensive (and worth being offended by). The barbaric practice of female genital mutilation is a wicked act of violence, and bears NO resemblance to male circumcision whatsoever. To suggest that the two share any commonality at all is either profound ignorance or cold-hearted sexism. Get a clue.
      Those girls were mutilated for no reason except to satisfy a vile “religious” code.

      • Paul

        I’m not arguing in favor of FGM, it pretty much disgusts me, however many of the arguments against it can apply to male circumcision as well. Is it not often a genital mutilation simply to satisfy a religious code? Why is it OK to cut male genitals for religious purposes but not females?

        • MathairAlainn

          I agree, Paul. They both need to be done away with. There is no medical reason for circumcision other than, “to look like your father/ other boys.” The reasons for FGM are just as weak. Both are awful, painful and both are unnecessary.

    • NewWest 123

      So are you saying you disagree?

      • Paul

        Disagree with what?

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