DETROIT (WXYZ) – Attorney Cheryl Nunez, who represents two children, a girl 11 and a boy 5, who are the kids of Dr. Jumana Nagarwala and her husband told a Juvenile Court Judge that the Mosque they all attend paid for Female Genital Mutilation procedures on girls.
In the past Mosque leaders have denied any involvement after two doctors were criminally charged. Both doctors face up to life in prison if convicted.
They all attend a Mosque in Farmington Hills and are members of the Dawoodi Bohra Community based in India.
The new bombshell could also be in connection with the feds announcing last week that as many as 100 girls have had FGM performed on them.
A new member of the defense team for Dr. Nagarwala, Mayer Morganroth says he disputes that.
He says the government is turning the children into victims by working to remove them from their parents in several pending cases.
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Nagarwala’s lawyer, Shannon Smith, adamantly denied the allegation that the mosque was paying her client to perform genital cutting procedures.
“That’s absolutely not true,” Nagarwala’s lawyer, Shannon Smith, said afterward. “The government has grossly overstated and misstated so many facts in this case … just to make it sound bad.”
According to Smith, the mosque never paid her client to perform any genital cutting procedures, but rather only reimbursed her for money that she had spent on food items for the mosque’s food bank program. She said that Nagarwala frequently bought items, such as bread, pizza and pop for the food bank, and that the mosque would pay her back.
Most people donate items to food banks, not expecting reimbursement.
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