More diversity and tolerance courtesy of Islam. Source: 2 more couples’ custody at risk in mutilation case
Two more Metro Detroit couples face petitions from state welfare officials seeking to terminate their parental rights amidst a growing federal investigation into female genital mutilation.
The two couples, who have not been charged, went before a Wayne County juvenile judge Friday for a pretrial hearing on the state’s bid to strip their custody. Also before the court: a third custody case involving Dr. Jumana Nagarwala, who is jailed on charges of performing genital mutilation on two 7-year-old Minnesota girls and conspiring to cover up the illegal surgery.
Nagarwala’s husband, who has not been charged, also appeared at the hearing. His wife was allowed to participate in the proceedings via a telephone hookup in the courtroom. There was no testimony by the couples Friday.
The cases considered Friday bring the number of families facing custody termination petitions to six in connection with a federal mutilation investigation.
Under an agreement with the state, the Nagarwalas’ children and those of the two other couples will remain with their parents for now but under a long list of conditions through supervision by Michigan’s Department of Health and Human Services.
Among them: turning over medical releases for the children, agreeing not to discuss the case or allow other relatives to do so with the children, having trauma counseling for the children, agreeing that there be “no more” female genital mutilations performed and getting approval from authorities and the court before the children can travel out of state or out of the country.
Judge Frank S. Szymanski said in court: “I’m going to expect parents … if they become aware of someone talking to the children about this case that they immediately terminate (the conversation).”
Nagarwala is allowed supervised visits with her children at the Huron County Jail in Bad Axe. Her attorney, Shannon Smith, said the children’s phone conversations and visits with their mother are taped.
Any conversations during the visits must be conducted in English, said Assistant Attorney General Kelli Megyesi.
Hearings for the Nagarwalas and the other two couples are scheduled to continue next month before Szymanski.
With judges like Szymanski the only thing at risk is these young girls being taken out of the country or forced to live a life of submission.
Charge them, arrest them, deport them and all those involved where possible and ban any relatives from entering the U.S.