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Two doctors and woman caught performing female genital mutilation on young girls in Michigan

By Mason White 1:45 PM May 5, 2017
Fakhruddin Attar and Farida Attar
Fakhruddin Attar and Farida Attar
By: Alexis Bell

(Scroll down for video) People across the country are outraged after learning that several doctors performed illegal female genital mutilation on young girls in Michigan.

Two Detroit doctors and one co-conspirator were charged in an indictment for their alleged participation in a scheme to perform female genital mutilation (FGM) on minors, to transport these minors across state lines, and to obstruct justice.

Jumana Nagarwala, M.D., 44, of Northville, Michigan, Fakhruddin Attar, M.D., 53, and his wife, Farida Attar, 50, both of Livonia, Michigan, are charged with performing FGM on minor girls out of Fakrhuddin Attar’s medical office in Livonia, Michigan.

According to the indictment, some of the minor victims allegedly traveled interstate to have Nagarwala perform the procedure.

Nagarwala performed FGM on girls who were approximately six to eight years old.

All three suspects were also charged with a conspiracy to obstruct the federal investigation, and Nagarwala and Fakhruddin Attar were charged with giving false statements to a federal agent.

“Female Genital Mutilation has serious implications for the health and well-being of girls and women,” stated Acting United States Attorney Daniel Lemisch.

“This brutal practice is conducted on girls for one reason, to control them as women. FGM will not be tolerated in the United States. The federal government is continuing this investigation to ensure those responsible are brought to justice,” Lemisch added.

“As the first FGM federal indictment in the U.S., these charges will hopefully deal a critical blow to stamping out this inhumane practice in the United States and around the world,” Acting Special Agent in Charge Steve Francis of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) Detroit Field Office said.