Why haven’t the parents of the children been arrested?
(WXYZ) – A Henry Ford Hospital emergency room doctor has been arrested and charged in connection to performing female genital mutilation on young girls.
Jumana Nagarwala, 44, of Northville Michigan is accused of performing female genital mutilation on underage girls.
According to a criminal complaint, Nagarwala performed the procedure on girls ages six to eight years old at a medical clinic in Livonia.
Some of the children were brought from out of state for the illegal procedure. Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is considered the complete removal or partial removal of the clitoris, known as a clitoridectomy. FGM is internationally recognized as a violation of the human rights of women and girls.
Some consider FGM as a religious and cultural practice. The purpose of this illegal practice is to suppress female sexuality in order to reduce sexual pleasure.
In the criminal affidavit, Nagarwala performed FGM on girls who were approximately 7 years old at the time at a clinic in Livonia.
The investigation revealed that in one particular case, a 7-year-old was brought by her family from Minnesota. An investigation into phone records revealed their location. The child was interviewed on April 10. She stated that she was brought to Detroit for “special girls trip.”
The child victim also stated that she said she had to go to the doctor “to get the germs out.” Upon a medical exam on April 11, a doctor determined that the child’s genitals had been altered or removed. The child identified Dr. Nagarwala as the doctor who performed the procedure.
The affidavit also alleges that there are Michigan victims as well.
“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.”
“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,” stated Acting United States Attorney Daniel Lemisch.
“The allegations against the defendant in this investigation are made even more deplorable, given the defendant’s position as a trusted medical professional in the community,” said Francis. “My sincere hope is that these charges will give support to those who have allegedly suffered both physically and emotionally.
Read the criminal complaint below:
Two 7-year-old girls were taken by their families from Minnesota to Michigan and underwent genital mutilation at the hands of a Detroit-area doctor, according to federal prosecutors, who allege that the physician had been conducting this “horrifying” procedure for many years.
Jumana Nagarwala, 44, of Northville, was charged in U.S. District Court in Detroit with female genital mutilation, transportation with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity and making a false statement to a federal officer.
Under questioning Monday by a federal agent, Nagarwala said she was aware of the procedure being illegal and denied the allegations. A message from the Star Tribune was left with her attorney Thursday seeking reaction to the charges.
The Justice Department said the case is believed to be the first brought under U.S. law that criminalized female genital mutilation. The World Health Organization has long held that the cultural and religious practice is a human rights violation and is carried out for the purpose of stifling female sexuality.
Nagarwala heard the allegations during a brief appearance in U.S. District Court and was returned to jail to await another hearing Monday. Prosecutors want to keep her locked up without bond.
According to the charging document:
On Feb. 3, two women brought two 7-year-old girls from Minnesota to a hotel in Farmington Hills, a Detroit suburb for a “special” girls trip.
One of the girls told a federal investigator in an interview Monday that she and the other girl needed to see a doctor because “our tummies hurt.”
While at the doctor’s office, a procedure to “get the germs out” of her was performed by Nagarwala, the girl said. The girl was told to keep the procedure a secret.
On Tuesday, a doctor in Minnesota examined the girl and saw physical evidence consistent with genital mutilation.
The second girl told authorities a similar story and explained how she “got a shot” to her upper right thigh that made her scream in pain and made walking difficult. The girl said her parents told her that what happened was not to be discussed. She said Nagarwala told her she would be fine.
As with the first girl, an exam in Minnesota by a doctor revealed evidence pointing to genital mutilation.
“Other children … may have been victimized by Nagarwala between 2005 and 2007” in Michigan, the charges read. “Multiple minor girls informed Child Protective Services and … interviewers that procedures had been performed on their genitals by Nagarwala.” Some parents acknowledged what happened, while others did not.
Most likely Somalis refugees or immigrants in Minnesota. The parents should be arrested.
The FBI furthermore says a doctor is a associate of a ‘cultural community’ that will believes in the practice. Nagarwala is reportedly part of the Gujarati-speaking Muslim community in The state of michigan. She comes from Northville with the girl husband, Moiz Yusuf Nagarwala, 48.
Readers confirm the names match Michigan voter roles of a male and female of the same names residing at the same Northville address.
There is also a Shaikh Moiz Nagarwala listed as a director at a Detroit mosque – Anjuman-e-Najmi Detroit.
A reader further clarifies the mosque is also known as Masjid-ul-Burhani at 20959 Orchard Lake Road, Farmington Hills, MI 48336 at same address – the mosque has 2 names one address, and is right in the middle of a residential neighborhood.