Stunning: Judge drops major charge against 2 Detroit doctors accused of female genital mutilation

Two metro Detroit doctors accused of performing female genital mutilation saw a major charge against them dropped.

Dr. Jumana Nagarwala and Dr. Fakhruddin Attar were charged with six counts after being arrested in April for allegedly performing female genital mutilation on at least four minors as young as 7 years old, the Detroit Metro-Times reported.

But a court order filed on Sunday by Judge Bernard A. Friedman dropped one charge that could have resulted in a lifetime prison sentence.

An investigation showed the doctors may have performed female genital mutilation on as many as 100 girls over the last 12 years, according to the newspaper.

One of the alleged victims told FBI agents she and another girl were taken to a Detroit clinic by her parents on a “special girls trip” to address complaint that their “tummies hurt.” She said they were told the doctor would perform a procedure to “get the germs out.”

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Screengrab – FBI agents leave the office of Dr. Fakhruddin Attar in Livonia, Mich., after a document search.

Freidman dismissed the charge of conspiracy to transport a minor with the intent to engage in criminal sexual activity, the Metro-Times reported.

The defense argued that genital mutilation didn’t legally fall in the realm of “criminal sexual activity” and that the term was being used impermissibly.

The doctors face remaining charges of federal criminal conspiracy, female genital mutilation, and aiding and abetting, among others.

Tom Tillison


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