2 held for helping Indian doctor perform genital mutilation in US

Second Michigan doctor and wife arrested in alleged conspiracy to perform female genital mutilation procedures

Two more people are charged in Detroit in an investigation of alleged genital mutilation of young girls in a Muslim sect. Nagarwala was arrested after two Minnesota 7-year-olds identified her as the person who performed procedures on them in February at the clinic in Livonia, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

As in the case of Dr. Nagarwala last week, the 16-page criminal complaint issued against Dr. Attar and his wife in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan Friday refers to "a particular religious and cultural community" without specifying that community.

Fakhruddin Attar told investigators that Nagarwala uses his clinic five or six times a year to perform the cutting procedures. "He was not involved in the procedure, the premises of his clinic was being used free of cost, his wife was assisting Nagarwala for parents, who voluntarily brought their children for the custom", he asserted.

The complaint solves a mystery stemming from the case by pinpointing where Nagarwala allegedly mutilated at least two girls earlier this year while performing a controversial, illegal procedure.

In addition to the surveillance video, authorities said they also have obtained phone records that show Attar was in regular communication with members of the same Indian Muslim community in Minnesota, making 50 phone calls in three-month period starting last fall. There were fears she was going to flee the country after she was charged.

Nagarwala is one of two MI doctors arrested in connection to genital mutilation this past week.

The practice, a tradition among some cultures, involves partially or totally removing the external genitalia of girls and young women.

Nagarwala is charged with crimes including female genital mutilation, transporting girls with intent to commit criminal sexual activity and lying to federal agents.




A lawyer for Nagarwala is defending her against the charges, reports CBS Detroit, saying that she agrees female genital mutilation is inappropriate. The Attars were arrested on Friday.

The child victim also stated that she said she had to go to the doctor "to get the germs out".

In a complaint unsealed on Friday (Saturday NZT) charging the couple in the conspiracy, prosecutors offered new details about how they say the procedures were arranged and carried out.

FGM is an internationally recognized human rights violation, with all 193 members of the United Nations committed to eliminating the practice.

Congress passed a law in 1996 making it illegal to perform genital mutilation or cutting in the United States on anyone under than 18.

During a hearing on the matter, U.S. Magistrate Judge Mona Mazjoub said, "I think there's clear and convincing evidence that your client poses a danger to the community".

"The Dawoodi Bohras do not support the violation of any USA law, local, state or federal".

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