Federal agents arrested a MI doctor and his wife Friday on charges they abetted a fellow doctor in mutilating the genitals of two young Minnesota girls.
As in the case of Dr. Nagarwala last week, the 16-page criminal complaint issued against Dr. Attar and his wife in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan Friday refers to "a particular religious and cultural community" without specifying that community.
Farida Attar, the office manager at her husband's clinic, is also accused of assisting Nagarwala during the operations.
Matt Newburg, a lawyer for Farida Attar, declined to comment.
The federal complaint against Nagarwala alleges she communicated with two mothers from Minnesota and made arrangements to bring their 7-year-old daughters to the Livonia clinic on February 3 to perform the procedures. The families were, according to The Detroit Free Press, members of the Dawoodi Bohra Muslim community. According to the complaint, she was later caught on a federal wiretap telling parents of FGM victims to deny they had brought their daughters to Burhani clinic for the procedure.
Smith partly blamed the allegations against Nagarwala on a "political divide" within the group's mosque in Oakland County, Michigan. She said it involved removing a membrane for the parents to bury in the ground; follow-up medical exams from doctors have shown evidence of mutilation on the girls.
Nagarwala, 44, of Northville, Michigan, was charged last week with female genital mutilation, transportation with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity and making a false statement to a federal officer.
For the second time in over a week, federal authorities have charged a Detroit-area doctor with female genital mutilation, or FGM.
Currently, Nagarwala is being held without bond after being charged in federal court on April 12th.
For starters, genital autonomy advocates point out that there are four types of female genital mutilation procedures.
Further investigation found other children in MI underwent the illegal procedure at Attar's office from 2005 to 2017, according to the complaint.
The U.K.'s National Health Service has warned that at least 8,000 women from across England have been identified as FGM victims, a crime which carries a prison sentence of up to 14 years in that country.
In 1993 the Vienna World Conference on Human Rights classified the practice as a form of violence against women.
In the United States, more than 500,000 women and girls are either at risk of FGM or have experienced it, and they live in all 50 states, Quast said.
This conspiracy is the first FGM case in the United States.
Chartier declined to speak in detail on the couple's religious beliefs but said to expect more will be revealed in court Wednesday.