A federal prosecutor in Michigan made a chilling announcement on Wednesday when he announced in court that the government estimates as many as 100 girls were subject to genital mutilation by Dr. Jumana Nagarwala.
The Detroit Free Press reported that Assistant U.S. Attorney Sara Woodward said this as she tried to convince a judge to keep Nagarwala and his wife locked up. The couple were arrested over allegations that two Minnesota girls had their genitals cut by them as a religious right of passage and then told to keep quiet about it.
“Due to the secretive nature of this procedure, we are unlikely to ever know how many children were cut by Dr. (Jumana) Nagarwala,” Woodward said, adding that, “the Minnesota victims were not the first victims.”
U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman went against Woodward’s wishes and granted bond to the other two defendants in the case. Those defendants are Dr. Fakhruddin Attar, 53, who is accused of letting Nagarwala use his clinic to perform genital cutting procedures on minor girls; and his wife, Farida Attar, 50, who is accused of holding the girls’ hands during the procedure to keep them from squirming and to calm them.
Woodward said that the government’s estimate of 100 girls being genitally mutilated by Nagarwala is a conservative one and is based Attar’s alleged admission to authorities that he let Nagarwala use his clinic up to six times a year to treat children for genital rashes.
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