Thursday, 22 June, 2017

Why do countries practice female genital mutilation?

Emergency-room doctor in US Arrested in Michigan for performing Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) on girls between ages of 6 and 8 U.S. doctor charged with performing female genital mutilation
Melissa Porter | 19 April, 2017, 01:18

Prosecutors say Nagarwala performed many genital mutilation procedures in her Livonia clinic on young girls around the age of 7, possibly dating back to 2005, and that she did it after hours in her Livonia clinic for no payment. What about those conclusions, she asked the defense.

Nagarwala belongs to an exclusive Muslim sect called Dawoodi Bohra, which is primarily concentrated in India. This surgical procedure, which experts discovered that it could have severe health repercussions, has been outlawed in the United States of America since 1996.

Recently, the Detroit authorities confirmed that an emergency room physician working at a Detroit hospital has been performing illegal surgical procedures on several underage patients at an unknown clinic from the same city. Now living in Atlanta, she says that while USA laws prohibiting FGM are robust, the federal government has been slow to provide funding for research and education to raise awareness of the practice.

Nagarwala, who is considered a flight risk, was ordered to be jailed without bond while awaiting trial. During her interview, she said that she is aware that female genitalia mutilation is illegal in the US, but denied ever performing the procedure on any children.

The DOJ confirmed that Nagarwala is the first person to be charged under 18 U.S.C. 116, a federal law that criminalized female genital mutilation, or FGM, in 2012.

Smith agreed, stating: "It was completely a religious practice".

The Ethiopian immigrant was sentenced to 10 years in prison for aggravated battery and cruelty to children for the 2001 crime.

The feds were tipped off about the doctor when two girls were brought to metro Detroit by their mothers from Minnesota.

The alleged criminal activity did not occur at any Henry Ford facility. Her bio lists the languages she speaks as English and Gujarati, spoken by the Gujaratis, who hail from the western India state of Gujarat, the same ethnic area that Mahatma Gandhi came from.

Nagarwala was arrested on Thursday while boarding an global flight to go visit a daughter in Africa.

Nagarwala, a US citizen and Johns Hopkins University-trained physician, was arrested at Detroit Metropolitan Airport Thursday as she was about to board a flight bound for Africa. Prosecutors said they found a series of phone calls and more than a dozen text messages between Nagarwala and one of the girls' mothers, who on January 23 sent this text to the doctor: "Feb 3 at 6:45 p.m.?" Prosecutors said Nagarwala had performed "horrifying acts of brutality on the most vulnerable victims", according to the report. During the hearing, Nagarwala's attorney said the feds have it all wrong. Nagarwala used the clinic for these purposes about five or six times a year, on some occasions multiple children showed up, investigators were told. "This is part of the culture", she said, adding that is was also religious. Investigators also found a glove belonging to one of the girls in the same clinic. She asked Nagarwala for advice on what she should say.

"Many of these girls were experiencing physical complications such as urinary tract infections, difficulty passing urine, difficulty with menstruation, but a lot of them were also suffering from psychological consequences of having had the procedure", Elliott said.

"There is clear and convincing evidence that (Nagarwala) poses a danger to the community", U.S. Magistrate Judge Mona Majzoub said Monday. "We need to take this into our schools and educate people that this is a practice that is affecting young girls in our country".

"(Investigators) interviewed several minor girls in MI about FGM (female genital mutilation).

She testified that Nagarwala "pinched" her on the "place where she goes pee". In countries such as Djibouti, Egypt and Somalia, more than 90% of girls undergo some form of genital mutilation, some during infancy.