MICHIGAN DOCTOR ACCUSED OF PERFORMING FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATIONS DENIED BAIL

According to Vice News, Dr. Jumana Nagarwala, an emergency doctor from metro-Detroit, has been arrested for performing female genital mutilations (‘FGM’) on young girls, typically around ages 6-8.

Her illegal FGM practice allegedly operated for more than a decade.

Nagarwala has been denied bail. She is the first person to be charged for this federal offense since FGM illegal under U.S. law in 2012.

Dr. Jumana Nagarwala

Nagarwala, who is of Indian descent, attended a mosque aligned with the Dawoodi Bohra Islamic sect, a sect in India where FGM is still known to be practiced.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated that in 2012, at least 513,000 women and girls in the U.S. had undergone or were at risk of being subjected to FGM. That figure was more than three times higher than an earlier CDC estimate based on data from 1990.

Nagarwala is considered a flight risk, thus she will likely remain incarcerated unless her attorney is able to appeal her bail conditions.

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