Female Genital Mutilation Happening to an Alarming Number of U.S. Girls

via Female Genital Mutilation Happening to an Alarming Number of U.S. Girls

By Nicole Rodriguez

Sudan, Somalia, Sierra Leone.

Those African nations are notoriously associated with the gruesome ritual of female genital mutilation—but it also occurs in the U.S. where an alarming number of women and girls are subjected to such torture that Immigration and Customs Enforcement pledged to stop it, according to an announcement Monday.

It’s estimated more than 500,000 women and girls in the U.S. are either victims of female genital mutilation or are at risk of being subjected to it. ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations is teaming up with the FBI’s International Human Rights Unit and the Department of Justice’s Human Rights and Special Prosecutions Section to combat the crime, which is up threefold since 1990, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

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ICE and the other agencies are ramping up efforts to identify girls at risk and investigate those who perpetrate female genital mutilation, the agency said.

This year, ICE carried out Operation Limelight USA at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York. Agents in June and August alerted 460 individuals on flights to and from countries with a high prevalence rate of female genital mutilation of a tip line to report this practice and the federal laws prohibiting it. The agency also is working with the FBI to investigate crimes.

But mutilations aren’t easy to prosecute, ICE admits.

“Unfortunately, parents or other family members are often involved, although many female family members may be victims themselves,” ICE said.

It’s suspected the ritual of mutilating the genitals of young women and girls to control their sexuality happens at a high rate among large immigrant populations in states such as New York, Minnesota and California, advocates fighting to stop female genital mutilation, also known as FGM, say.

The practice also occurs in Washington, D.C., Georgia, Massachusetts and Virginia, which also have large immigrant populations, Jessica Neuwirth, director of women’s rights organization Donor Direct Action, told Newsweek.

The brutal ritual is often a cultural tradition passed down through generations, Neuwirth said.

“When someone emigrates [to the U.S.], sometimes they’re just clinging to cultural traditions as a way of keeping connected to their home country,” Neuwirth said.

Education about the physical dangers and laws against FGM usually is an effective way to stop the practice, said Neuwirth, whose organization raises money for educational campaigns in Africa.

To date, only one individual in the U.S. has been charged under a federal law criminalizing the practice.

Dr. Jumala Nagarwala, a 44-year-old emergency room physician in Michigan, was charged in April with mutilating the genitals of two 7-year-old girls from Minnesota.

According to a criminal complaint, Nagarwala is accused of cutting clitoral skin off the girls. Although the complaint identified several other children who may have been at risk, she is only facing charges related to the two girls.

In the criminal complaint against Nagarwala, the two girls said they were brought to Detroit for a “special girls’ trip” and were told they had to go to the doctor because “our tummies hurt.”

One girl said Nagarwala “pinched” her in the “place [where] she goes pee.” The other girl said she could barely walk after the bloody procedure and felt pain down her leg to her ankle. Both girls said they were told to keep the procedure a secret.

Nagarwala is part of the Dawoodi Bohra community, an Islamic sect originally from India that has a mosque in Farmington Hills, Michigan. In 2016, a man belonging to the Dawoodi Bohra community was the first person to be imprisoned over FGM in Australia.

If convicted, Nagarwala faces 10 years to life in prison.


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11 thoughts on “Female Genital Mutilation Happening to an Alarming Number of U.S. Girls

  1. I hate to say I Told You So, for years I’ve been telling people about this only to be shut down. If you bring them in what makes you think they will end the old world savage attacks on young girls here in America. They will not stop, it is demanded in the Koran: here is the meaning translation of the Arabic written word:

    However what the Arabic actually says is:
    http://www.answering-islam.org/index.html
    Circumcision is obligatory (for every male and female) by cutting off the piece of skin on the glans of the penis of the male, but circumcision of the female is by cutting out the clitoris (this is called HufaaD). {bold emphasis ours}. The Arabic word bazr does not mean “prepuce of the clitoris”, it means the clitoris itself (cf. the entry in the Arabic-English Dictionary). The deceptive translation by Nuh Hah Mim Keller, made for Western consumption, obscures the Shafi’i law, given by ‘Umdat al-Salik, that circumcision of girls by excision of the clitoris is mandatory. This particular form of female circumcision is widely practiced in Egypt, where the Shafi’i school of Sunni law is followed.

    Not as threating English verse:Nuh Hah Mim Keller’s Translation (Reliance of the Traveller)

    e4.3 Circumcision is obligatory (O: for both men and women. For men it consists of removing the prepuce from the penis, and for women, removing the prepuce (Ar. Bazr) of the clitoris (n: not the clitoris itself, as some mistakenly assert). (A: Hanbalis hold that circumcision of women is not obligatory but sunna, while Hanafis consider it a mere courtesy to the husband.)”

  2. This is scandalous. I am from Michigan and have followed the case very closely. Whoever the “good doctor” has been released on a 4 millions bail. I sure hope she does not escape to Egypt.I also wondered wher she got the money. the Muslim population perhaps?

  3. “Unfortunately, parents or other family members are often involved, although many female family members may be victims themselves,” ICE said. The so-called “victims” are the ones doing it to these girls. It shows how muslims are monsters that have NO empathy INCLUDING the women!!! Seems like everyone portrays women to be victims, but they are PART of it.

  4. The next thing you know (after a little public schooling), little girls will be wanting to have this done – sort of like getting their ears pierced. And their Lib parents will be happy to drive them there.

  5. I think this is the most sickening and disgusting thing to do to young girls.I think men who do this should have to endure having their penis cut off to see how it feels to suffer .this is so wrong.

  6. I tell people, they say I’m bullshitting them. Who cares any more, perhaps those cut will get infections and die before they can birth another POS muzzie. And perhaps we can catch those POS muzzies who perform the FGM and we can exterminate them before they cut another child.

  7. Janice Lee I am horribly, horribly ashamed to admit it but I’m beginning to think that might be the only way to deal with them. They are a Vermin plague upon the earth and are relentless in pursuing their goals. IMO they are part of Gods punishment on us in the End Times. Our gutless corrupt Politicians have sold their souls and won’t do anything to stop them. We the People CANNOT ALLOW the 2nd Amendment to ever be over turned.

  8. Again, a cult steeped in 7th century practices of barbarism, violence, and hate. The third world nations where these savages come from are filth ridden, backward and unable to fit into 21st century living. This FGM is just another reason to keep these creatures out of our country. They are sub human, inbred, lower than animals, and need to be deported! This disgusts me!!

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