Illinois: 3 more female genital mutilation (FGM) victims – all elementary school girls, went to Muslim cutter in Michigan

Feds discover 3 more girls who came to Michigan for genital mutilation procedures.

Source: Feds: 3 more female genital mutilation victims in Illinois

The federal government has found three more female genital mutilation victims who traveled to Michigan for the procedure — all of them elementary school girls from Illinois who came here with their mothers for religious cuttings, prosecutors say.

One of the girls was cut on Valentine’s Day in 2015; another at the start of her 2015 school year, court records show. The third was cut in March 2015.

All three Illinois girls were about 7 years old at the time of the procedures, according to a new indictment filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Detroit, where eight people are facing charges in the nation’s first genital mutilation case, including two doctors and four mothers.

Prosecutors have now identified nine victims in the case: two 7-year-old girls from Minnesota; four Michigan girls ages 8-12, and the three Illinois girls.

According to the new indictment, one of the Michigan girls was given Valium ground up in liquid Tylenol during her procedure in 2015.

The lead defendant in the case is Dr. Jumana Nagarwala, 45, of Northville, whom prosecutors have estimated performed genital mutilation on at least 100 girls over a 12-year-period.

For Nagarwala, this latest indictment comes with some bigger headaches as the government re-charged her with a crime that could send her to prison for 30 years if convicted: conspiracy to travel with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct.

Nagarwala had initially been charged with a similar crime — it carried a life sentence — accusing her of transporting a minor with intent to engage in “sexual activity.” A federal judge dismissed that count eight months ago, concluding there wasn’t merit for it, as the defense argued.

But this time around, the prosecution added in a tweaked version of that crime, accusing Nagarwala of “illicit sexual conduct” as opposed to “sexual activity.” This charge involves the 2017 cuttings involving the two Minnesota girls  who described the procedures as painful.

According to court documents, one girl said that she got a shot, screamed, and “could barely walk after the procedure, and that she felt pain all the way down to her ankle.” The other said she was “laid on an examining table with her knees near her chest and legs spread apart,” that she was “pinched” in the genital area, that it “hurted a lot” and that there was “pain and burning.”

Both girls were told to keep the procedures a secret, court records show. One said “the doctor made her (friend) cry.”

Nagarwala’s lawyer, Shannon Smith, declined comment. She has long maintained that her client never engaged in female genital mutilation, but rather performed a benign procedure that involves a scraping of the genitalia. The procedure, the defense has argued, is a religious practice of the Dawoodi Bohra, a small-Indian Muslim sect of which Nagarwala and her codefendants are members of.

The defense also is challenging the 1996 law that criminalized female genital mutilation in the United States, alleging it is unconstitutional. It carries a maximum five-year prison sentence.

The case involves allegations that Nagarwala and others for years subjected children to genital mutilation procedures out of a Livonia medical clinic during after hours, and went to great lengths to keep it secret. Her codefendants are Dr. Fakhuruddin Attar, who is accused of letting her use his Livonia clinic to carry out the procedures; and his wife, Farida Attar, who is accused of assisting Nagarwala in the examination room during the procedures.

“Dr. Attar is innocent, and we’ll fight the new charges ithe same way that we planned to fight the old ones — with truth and the facts,” Attar’s attorney, Mary Chartier, write the Free Press in an email.

 A fourth woman, Tahera Shafiq, also is charged with assisting in the exam room. The other four defendants are mothers, accused of subjecting their children to the practice.

According to court records, Nagarwala and the Attars instructed members of their religious community not to speak about the genital cutting procedures that had taken place.

Prosecutors have argued that the federal genital mutilation law is clear: It prohibits “knowingly circumcis(ing), excis(ing) or infibulat(ing) the whole or any part of the labia majora or labia minora or clitoris of any other person who has not attained the age of 18 years.”

Assistant U.S. Attorney Sara Woodward has argued repeatedly in court that the defendants knew what they were doing was illegal, but did it anyway. She has called their crimes “heinous” and argues the harm was severe.

“According to some members of the community who have spoken out against the practice, the purpose of this cutting is to suppress female sexuality in an attempt to reduce sexual pleasure and promiscuity,” a Homeland Security Investigations special agent wrote in a 2017 court filing.

Especially egregious, authorities have argued, is that this procedure was carried out by a doctor who took an oath to do no harm.

“She knew that this was illegal but did it anyway,” Woodward has said of Nagarwala, stressing: “As a medical doctor, she is aware that female genital mutilation has no medical purpose.”


Meanwhile, back in Somalia – where most of the FGM victims in the U.S. have lineage – Two sisters die after undergoing FGM in Somalia.

13 thoughts on “Illinois: 3 more female genital mutilation (FGM) victims – all elementary school girls, went to Muslim cutter in Michigan

  1. Pingback: 9/14/2018 – Illinois, New York, Michigan, Florida | The United West

  2. Its Islams way to show its control and dominance over women. Women’s rights groups should oppose this form of torture, but instead they turn a blind eye to it and actually support Islam. Same for PETA’s support for Islam even while Muslims are torturing animals every day.

  3. Dr. Jumana Nagarwala and her ilk are dangers to America! How do these animals from third world countries without any concept of sanitation suddenly become medical ‘professionals’ here in America. Their main education has been to devise ways of destroying the Great satin. I would like to know how many deaths have been caused by these people under cover of medical procedures? If I were a person with a Jewish name I think it would be a death sentence to be worked on by a muslim.

  4. This is just another excuse for Muslims to rob women of their power. Any mother who allows this torture to be carried out one her own daugher(s), is no better than this excuse for a Doctor. If these mothers(I even hesitate to use the word “mother” to describe them) took their own children in secret to this charlatan, knowing full well what was going to be done, and that it was ILLEGAL, they should be punished just as harshly as this “doctor”.
    And to use the excuse that it’s some kind of religious ritual, is nothing more than bullshit! If your barbaric cult practiced human sacrifice, would that be acceptable too?? Why do we even allow these sub humans to come to the U.S. and make it their new “home”? They are not trying to assimilate! They want to be treated as special, and have the audacity to call this torture a religious ceremony!!!
    Throw the book at every one of them, and take away any children they have. And don’t let them remain with family members, because clearly the whole community is complicit in this crime!

  5. These savages should be deported after their sentences are up. There’s no place in this or other western country for these backward, medieval people and their bizarre religious practices.

  6. Astounding that the leftists do anything they can to defend these barbarians, then claim to support feminism! Can’t have it both ways idiots! Never ceases to amaze that they totally lack any moral compass!!

  7. A culture that endorses Male Genital Mutilation is upset about Female Genital Mutilation?
    Why don’t we stop all genital mutilation?

  8. Oh is that what they call it a “religious act” wow these women are so brain washed by men only if they knew what they were doing and what that hood felt like when it was left on and the real joy it brought them and for them to take it away from those little girls they should be hung, causing that pain!! And illegally that woman doing it all because of sick men and what their ideas and heads and reasons have made them for all these hundreds of years done this to women, they need to be hung by their ball sacks until they fall off!!!

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