Jumana Nagarwala is charged with performing genital mutilation on multiple girls around the age of seven
Nagarwala practiced emergency medicine doctor at the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit
Court documents show two girls that identified Nagarwala as the one who performed a procedure on them
Multiple girls have said that Nagarwala performed genital mutilation on them as well as long ago as 2005
Nagarwala said in court on Thursday that she had never performed genital mutilation on children
A judge ordered Nagarwala be held in jail until she goes to her next court hearing on Monday
In Michigan, an emergency room doctor is charged with performing genital mutilation on multiple girls around the age of seven.
44-year-old Jumana Nagarwala is also charged with “transportation with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity,” and making false statements to a federal officer.
In the criminal complaint, it states that two women transported two girls across state lines to a medical clinic in Livonia, Michigan. Documents have shown that Nagarwala was never an employee of the clinic.
Special Girls Trip
According to court documents, the two girls were told that they were going on a “‘special’ girls trip.” The first victim told federal agents that she had a procedure performed on her to “get the germs out.” The young girl identified Nagarwala in a photograph as the doctor who performed the operation.
The young girl had a medical examination performed on her by order of a search warrant that showed her “labia minora has been altered or removed, and her clitoral hood is also abnormal in appearance.”
The second girl said that she screamed as Nagarwala gave her a “shot” that “hurt really badly.” After the procedure, the girl said she could “barely walk.” The girl’s parents told her that “the procedure is a secret and that she is not supposed to talk about it.”
Female Genital Mutilation
While practiced in multiple countries, female genital mutilation is most commonly practiced in Africa. The practice is not limited to any faith, Christians, Ethiopian Jews, some Muslim groups, and certain traditional African religions have all been known to practice female genital mutilation.
Local Child Protection Services have worked with investigators and spoke with multiple girls who claim to have had genital mutilation performed on them by Nagarwala. The complaint states that there were “multiple” girls that may have been a victim of Nagarwala dating back as early as 2005 and 2007.
Nagarwala appeared in court on Thursday and claimed that she had never performed genital mutilation on any children. The judge ordered Nagarwala be held in jail until another hearing on Monday.
Nagarwala practiced emergency medicine at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. She has been placed on administrative leave since the allegations were made. David Olejarz, a spokesperson for Henry Ford Hospital, wanted it to be clear that the alleged criminal activity did not occur at a Henry Ford facility.