If genital mutilation of little girls is happening in your town, you have been invaded by 7th century barbarians that would just as soon lop off your head as they would be to speak to you. Well, that’s what’s happening in Detroit and other cities around the nation.
The most serious charge against two metro Detroit doctors accused in the genital cutting of numerous minor girls as part of a religious tradition has been dismissed, reports The Detroit Free Press.
U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman ruled Sunday night that a charge of conspiracy to transport a minor “with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity” against Dr. Jumana Nagarwala and Dr. Fakhruddin Attar be dismissed, agreeing with the defense argument that even if female genital mutilation were proven, it would not meet the definition for “sexual activity.”
That charge was the only one in the indictment that could have led to a sentence of life in prison.
Nagarwala and Attar are two of eight defendants charged in the case.
They are all members of a small Indian Muslim sect known as the Dawoodi Bohra, which has a mosque in Farmington Hills. The sect practices female circumcision and believes it is a religious rite of passage that involves only a minor “nick.”
The other defendants include four mothers accused of subjecting their daughters to the procedure, and Attar’s wife, who is accused of holding the girls’ hands during the procedures and lying to investigators about the procedures.
The number of girls and women at risk for genital mutilation in the U.S. has tripled since 1990 and quadrupled for girls under 18 — an increase that health experts attribute to a rise in immigration from countries where the practice is prevalent.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 513,000 women and girls are either at risk for or have already suffered genital mutilation in the U.S. compared to 168,000 in 1990. That’s according to a 2016 CDC study that is based on data from 1990-2012.
Mr Americana, Overpasses News Desk
January 15th, 2018
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