Federal Judge Dismisses Criminal Allegations Under Statute Outlawing Female Genital Mutilation

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Saturday, January 12, 2019
Linda Friedman Ramirez

On November 12, 2018 the Honorable Bernard A. Friedman, US District Court for the Southern District of Michigan in US v Nagarwala, et. al., dismissed criminal charges alleging violations of 18 §116(a), a statute that prohibits Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), against eight individual defendants. The Government alleged that defendants Dr. Jumana Nagarwala performed the FGM procedure, that Dr. Fakhruddin Attar allowed Dr. Nagarwala to use his clinic in Livonia, Michigan, that Farida Attar and Taher Shafiq assisted Dr. Nagarwala in performing the procedure and that the remaining defendants brought their daughters to the clinic for the procedure.