Second doctor, wife charged in female genital mutilation probe

Fakhruddin Attar

Federal officials launched an investigation after being tipped off that Nagarwala performed the procedure on two 7-year-old girls from Minnesota who were brought by their families to MI for the procedure, according to the complaint.

A review of Nagarwala's phone records led authorities to two 7-year-old girls who traveled with their parents to MI from Minnesota in February so they could undergo the procedure.

According to a criminal complaint filed in federal court, Fakhruddin Attar owns Burhani Medical Clinic and his wife works as an office manager.

According to the complaint, Attar and his wife, worked with Nagarwala to bring girls "approximately six to eight years old" to the clinic after it was closed to perform FGM. As of Friday, the doctor who owns the clinic and his wife have both been arrested and charged in connection with the case. It's not known whether they have lawyers who could comment on the allegations.

An attorney for Nagarwala said she was performing a religious ritual, not a mutilation.

According to news reports, Nagarwala belongs to the Dawoodi Bohra community, a sect of Muslims hailing from India.

In wake of tense Trump call, Pence aims to soothe Australia
During the meeting in Australia, Pence said the deal will go through as planned, despite Trump's reservations. The fallout over the deal has strained the typically cozy alliance between the USA and Australia.

Since being charged, Dr Nagarwala has been placed on leave from her emergency room position at a local hospital.

According to the complaint, the case against Nagarwala and the Attars dates to at least February, after the Federal Bureau of Investigation had received information that the procedure was being performed at the clinic.

Female genital mutilation involves removing external female genitalia partially or in full, sometimes for religious or cultural reasons.

It's created to suppress female sexuality and reduce sexual pleasure and promiscuity.

Several minor girls informed forensic personnel that Nagarwala had performed the procedure on their genitals while one minor girl said Farida had been present when Nagarwala did the deed.

In federal court today, prosecutors wanted to have both 53-year-old Dr. Attar and his 50-year-old wife held without bond until their case is resolved, but that won't happen without a fight from their defense attorneys. Investigators talked to seven other young girls in MI, several of whom said that they had undergone procedures at the clinic.

China launches its 1st unmanned cargo spacecraft
Without a cargo spacecraft , a station can not operate for very long", Australia-based space analyst Morris Jones said. The Soviet Union was the first to successfully pull off docking between unmanned ships in 1967.

She said Nagarwala "pinched" her genitals and that she was given a pad to place in her underwear.

Smith argued the procedure is practiced by the Dawoodi Bohra, an Islamic sect based in India, and that the clinic was used to keep procedures sterile, WXYZ reported. The World Health Organization considers the procedure a violation of human rights of girls and women.

"I think it's shocking", Chartier said.

Investigators are concerned there could be more victims.

In the US, 25 states have passed their own laws against FGM in recent years, and others are mulling similar legislation.

Why Verizon is losing more cellphone customers than ever
According to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S, analysts had expected adjusted earnings per share of 99 cents and revenue of $30.77 billion. The competitive wireless market has led to speculation that Verizon will try to buy another company to broaden its business.

Share

Related News

  • Blazers big man Nurkic upgraded to 'doubtful' for Game 3

    Last season, Portland came back after a 0-2 deficit to beat the Clippers in the opening round. He practiced with the team Friday, and he's listed as questionable .
    Gettleman: McCaffrey, Fournette both fit Panthers

    Gettleman: McCaffrey, Fournette both fit Panthers

    Asked if McCaffrey is among the "half dozen" three-down backs he said he sees in this draft, Gettleman replied: "He can run it". McGinn also wrote that No. 3 back Christian McCaffrey scored a 21, Tennessee's Alvin Kamara a 24 and Oklahoma's Joe Mixon a 12.
    Sentence next for Volkswagen in US diesel emissions scandal

    Sentence next for Volkswagen in US diesel emissions scandal

    The fine pushes the financial cost of the scandal to Volkswagen for just court penalties and vehicle buybacks past $15 billion. He will assess, oversee and monitor the company's compliance with the terms of its settlements for a period of three years.
  • Trump eyes changes to Obama's tax and Wall Street rules

    Trump told The Associated Press in the interview that his tax reductions would be "bigger, I believe, than any tax cut ever".
    Existing Home Sales in US Hit 10-Yr. High

    Existing Home Sales in US Hit 10-Yr. High

    How did buying patterns vary across the country? The median price in the Northeast was $260,800, which is 2.8% higher on the year. Recent gains in pending home sales, which lead existing-home sales by a few months, had signaled a rebound in existing sales.

    Trump on Pats, 'No team has been good this long'

    Tom Brady isn't visiting the White House with the New England Patriots on Wednesday, April 19th. There were other reasons for player absences, however.
  • Trump says he'll mark 100 days with Pennsylvania rally

    In 2011, Trump attended the gala and was the subject of a few jokes from former president Barack Obama and Seth Meyers. The announcement came a day after Trump dismissed the importance of the 100-day mark as a " ridiculous standard ".
    Queen Elizabeth II turns 91 with day at the horse races

    Queen Elizabeth II turns 91 with day at the horse races

    William replied laughing: "It's quite hard to know what to give the Queen for her 91st birthday that she hasn't already got". On September 9, 2015, she became Britain's longest-reigning monarch, passing her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria.
    US spacecraft to take slingshot dive inside Saturn's rings

    US spacecraft to take slingshot dive inside Saturn's rings

    On Sept 15, 2017, it will plunge into Saturn's atmosphere, collecting and returning data as long as possible. This flyby is also the gateway to NASA Cassini spacecraft's "Grand Finale".
  • Prince fans join 'purple family' at Paisley Park

    Downstairs will see a screening of Purple Rain followed by sets from 2 of Dublin's best known DJs Kelly Anne Byrne and Nialler 9. Minneapolis is honoring music legend Prince on the one-year anniversary of his shocking death from an accidental drug overdose.
    Venezuela seizes General Motors plant in Valencia

    Venezuela seizes General Motors plant in Valencia

    The vast bulk of the seized companies have since closed, contributing to an unprecedented economic crisis rocking the country. The Venezuelan government had said that Kimberly-Clark Corp failed to consult with them before letting go of the workers.
    Tesla recalls 53000 vehicles over brake problems

    Tesla recalls 53000 vehicles over brake problems

    The company told owners it believes less than 5 percent of the recalled vehicles could actually have a parking brake failure. The recall comes two weeks after Tesla Motors surged in value to overtake General Motors in market capitalization.