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Female Doctor In Michigan Arrested For Female Genital Mutilation

Filed under: General — Dana @ 1:29 pm

[guest post by Dana]

This week it was reported that a female emergency room doctor was arrested for mutilating the genitals of two little girls:

A Detroit emergency room physician has been charged with allegedly performing female genital mutilation on young girls, the Department of Justice announced Thursday.

In a news release, the DOJ said Jumana Nagarwala, of Northville, Michigan, allegedly performed the procedures out of a medical office in Livonia, Michigan, on girls who were 6 to 8 years old.

According to the *complaint filed, two of the parents confirmed to investigators were aware that Nagarwala did the procedure, but others denied knowledge of the procedure or said it didn’t happen.

The news release said this is believed to be the first case under law 18 U.S.C. 116, which criminalizes female genital mutilation.

“According to the complaint, despite her oath to care for her patients, Dr. Nagarwala is alleged to have performed horrifying acts of brutality on the most vulnerable victims,” acting Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Blanco of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division said. “The Department of Justice is committed to stopping female genital mutilation in this country, and will use the full power of the law to ensure that no girls suffer such physical and emotional abuse.”

The vicious brutality as told by the little girls involved in this case:

The children were told it was a “‘special’ girls trip,” according to court documents. The first victim told federal agents that she underwent a procedure “to get the germs out” of her, and she identified Nagarwala in a photograph as the doctor who performed the operation. A medical examination performed under a search warrant found that her “labia minora has been altered or removed, and her clitoral hood is also abnormal in appearance.”

The second victim who described her ordeal in the complaint said she screamed as Nagarwala gave her a “shot” that “hurt really badly.” The girl said she could “barely walk” after the procedure, and that her parents “told her that the procedure is a secret and that she is not supposed to talk about it.”

The FBI investigation is focusing on Jumana Nagarwala’s butchery of other little girls as well:

…[A]uthorities say they believe she has subjected numerous more girls to the procedure, including children in the metro Detroit area. Authorities would not comment on whether more charges are coming, but the case appears to be the tip of the iceberg if the FBI’s words are any indication.

“This investigation has identified other children who may have been victimized by Nagarwala,” FBI agent Kevin Swanson wrote in an affidavit that was unsealed Thursday. “(Investigators) interviewed several minor girls in Michigan about FGM (female genital mutilation). In these interviews, multiple minor girls informed child protective services and forensic interviewers that procedures had been performed on their genitals by Nagarwala.”

Nagarwala denies having committed these atrocities, and said that, “she had no knowledge of the procedure being performed on anyone in her cultural community.”

Most of the reports I read avoided naming any particular religion or culture that is mostly associated with the practice of FGM. The Washington Post, whose masthead smugly reminds readers that democracy dies in darkness, put it this way:

According to the complaint against Nagarwala, members of a particular religious and cultural community are known to use the procedure — which some see as a way to curb sexuality in girls. The complaint did not identify the community but said Nagarwala was a part of it.

*Complaint uploaded by Katie Pavlich here. It’s a grim read.

When one considers the increasing occurrences of FGM in the United States, it is shocking to read about a study released last year by two U.S. doctors who obscenely suggested that the way to limit the practice of FGM in the U.S. is to appease cultural demands by permitting the practice of “nicking”:

A controversial new study published in the Journal of Medical Ethics says “nicking” the genitals of young girls is an acceptable compromise for the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) in the West.

Arguing that criminalizing FGM in Western countries such as the U.S. and U.K. has pushed the practice underground, the authors suggest a “compromise solution” that would legally permit a minimal form of genital mutilation “in recognition of its cultural and religious obligations.” Despite being perceived as a practice linked to Islam, FGM is a cultural practice that has no basis in religion. No religious texts prescribe FGM, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), while Human Rights Watch says the practice is “erroneously linked” to religion and “is not particular to any religious faith.”

In the study, published on Monday, U.S.-based authors Dr. Kavita Shah Arora, director of quality, obstetrics and gynecology at the MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland and Dr. Allan Jacobs, professor of reproductive medicine at Stony Brook University, write that “in order to better protect female children from the serious and long-term harms of some types of non-therapeutic [FGM], we must adopt a more nuanced position that acknowledges a wide spectrum of procedures that alter female genitalia.”

The authors define the de minimis, or minor, versions of FGM that should be permitted as “removal of the clitoral hood or a ritual nick on the external female genitalia” and do not believe they “reach the threshold of a human rights violation.” Nicking the vulva and removing the clitoral hood shouldn’t be considered child abuse, according to the authors. They go on to argue that by undergoing these acceptable procedures in the U.S., girls can avoid the risk of being sent abroad for more extensive and harmful procedures—a practice known as “vacation cutting.”

“If a girl, by undergoing a small vulvar nick in infancy, forestalls subsequent vulvar infibulation done under dangerous conditions, we would consider this a worthwhile trade-off,” the study says. The authors add that all procedures should be performed with “adequate analgesia.”

In other words, let’s practice another form of mutilation. There’s just something rich about two doctors determining what constitutes a human rights violation on little girls and deciding that another form of mutilation is okay. What the hell? How about protecting little girls from this heinous practice by aggressively pursuing any and all who commit these crimes in the U.S. where it is illegal and hold parents and doctors accountable for the severe damage they do to these little girls. Little girls who will forever carry the scars of this barbaric practice, both in their hearts and on their bodies for the rest of their lives.

(Cross-posted at The Jury Talks Back.)


68 Responses to “Female Doctor In Michigan Arrested For Female Genital Mutilation”

  1. A female doctor in 2017.

    Dana (023079)

  2. “nicking” will be the new women’s right. Let’s not drive it underground because abortion.
    These leftists have truly pretzeled themselves.

    felipe (023cc9)

  3. After reading the post my stomach hurts.

    mg (31009b)

  4. I do not understand.

    Is it not better for the girls to have access to safe and antiseptic surgical procedures than to have some back alley hack do it? Also, who are we to deny any girl, who are old enough at any age to decide, the practice of their religious faith?

    Ed from SFV (3400a5)

  5. A word is missing in both articles. It’s the reason for this horrific act.


    NJRob (ab47b8)

  6. It’s not Muslim to any greater extent than Mormon polygamy is Christian. Mau Mau voodoo, maybe. Equatorial and Northeast Africa, with its antecedents in the pagan native religions.

    nk (dbc370)

  7. If you had to guess, where would you say she’s from,Dr. Jumana Nagarwala [JPG]?

    papertiger (c8116c)

  8. So why is involuntary circumcision of male children not only “the normal thing to do”, but also a thing for which an unwed mother can be jailed for if she does not consent if the putative father belongs to “a particular religious and cultural community” with a lot of money and political influence in the jurisdiction.

    nk (dbc370)

  9. Greetings:

    Me, I’m thinking that Doctrix might be the more appropriate title.

    11B40 (6abb5c)

  10. Circumcision is an entirely different kind of flying altogether. [YouTube]

    papertiger (c8116c)

  11. Is this “involuntary” circumcision anything like “involuntary” baths of said male children? It can be argued that circumcision has an objectively salutary effect – what is the salutary effect of FGM?

    felipe (023cc9)

  12. From the reports Dana quoted, it sounds like minimal circumcision is all this doctor performed too. She did not remove the clitoris — only “altered” the clitoral hood and labia minora.

    nk (dbc370)

  13. provides background on the genital mutilator. She is an Indian from the Dawoodi Bohra sect of Shia Islam, mainly residing in the western cities of India and also in Pakistan, Yemen and East Africa.

    papertiger (c8116c)

  14. Persons of “particular cultural and religious communities”, namely Jews, Muslims, and pagan equatorial Africans, have not been doing it, for millennia, for the objectively salutary effect. They have been doing it for religious and cultural reasons.

    nk (dbc370)

  15. Yes, nk. We all know that. So why is FGM’s aim of curbing the female libido worthy of accommodation? Because it will be worse if it is not accommodated? Is that all they “got?”

    felipe (023cc9)

  16. The male equivalent of what she did to those girls doesn’t have a euphemistic name, and you don’t want to search for it on youtube.

    Lorena Bobbit, Bruce Jenner, Segovax (from Spartacus Blood and Sand) for want of appropriate search terms.

    papertiger (c8116c)

  17. We westerners must really hate women if we do not allow some form of FGM – I mean, especially if “nicking” does not rise to the level of some one’s definition of child abuse.

    felipe (023cc9)

  18. Wrong, papertiger. She did not remove the clitoris according to the reports. It’s not even clear that she removed the skin around it (as is done with the foreskin in males). It is reported only that it was of “altered” or “abnormal” appearance in the girls examined.

    nk (dbc370)

  19. I don’t think that any kind of bodily mutilation of children should be accommodated, felipe. Not male circumcision, not female circumcision, not tattooing, not piercing of ears of baby girls.

    nk (dbc370)

  20. I would like to know MD in Philly’s thoughts on this.

    felipe (023cc9)

  21. I am with you, nk.

    felipe (023cc9)

  22. However, I must confess that if God told me to “jump in the river” I would do it. I even love my enemies.

    felipe (023cc9)

  23. Not clear? Well that makes a difference in the case. Maybe the charge should be body piercing without a licence.

    papertiger (c8116c)

  24. Considering that the standard for conviction is proof beyond a reasonable doubt, it better make a difference in the case. And a medical license allows all kinds of body piercing.

    nk (dbc370)

  25. Literally. All. Kinds. Of body piercing.

    nk (dbc370)

  26. Cosmetic surgery on little girl’s hoo haws sounds like something they would put a practitioner on a watch list for.

    If mom and pop are cool with it, when does the fetus get a vote?

    papertiger (c8116c)

  27. In a country where a mother can kill her baby in her womb where it should be most protected, what’s a little FGM? Besides, who are we to tell moslems what is right? They come from a beautiful and loving religion of peace and we have no right to push or puritanical Western values on them. Isn’t that why they came to America?

    Rev. Hoagie® (785e38)

  28. I have a better way to prevent the severe form of FGM.

    1) There is no statute of limitations.
    2) Any woman who can show evidence of FGM can bring charges against her parents, doctor, etc.
    3) The penalty is 20 years in prison and forfeit of all assets to the victim.

    Will this lead to false charges and people ruined by such an accusation? I don’t care. I want absolute TERROR and a community-wide effort to prevent this atrocity. If there is no FGM, there won’t be anyone making charges.

    Kevin M (25bbee)

  29. 22… take me to the river… wash me in the water…

    Colonel Haiku (3bf827)

  30. Nk pulling the typical leftist fallacy of false equivalency.

    I expected better of you.

    NJRob (ab47b8)

  31. see this is what happens when you mutilate the genitals on people

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  32. Very encouraging that all of these girls are coming forward. I wouldn’t have predicted that.

    jcurtis (6cade9)

  33. Colonel Haiku (3bf827) — 4/15/2017 @ 5:28 pm

    Right on!

    felipe (023cc9)

  34. I expected better of you.
    NJRob (ab47b8) — 4/15/2017 @ 5:32 pm

    I wish someone would think as highly of me.

    felipe (023cc9)

  35. jcurtis (6cade9) — 4/15/2017 @ 5:51 pm

    You are quite right, thanks for pointing that out.

    felipe (023cc9)

  36. Nice to know that we have an administration that will stand up to this third world stool.

    Flatiron Fred (5a4596)

  37. A few more years of worshipping conformity to totalitarian dogmas and the enlightened editors at Wellesley will be calling for courses in the cultural advantages of FGM for the modern day feminist. It’s inevitable.

    ropelight (43a51b)

  38. It’s a good thing that female genital mutilation is illegal in the state of Michigan because otherwise medical ethicists might consider it required, according to the Weekly Standard:

    The internationally influential Journal of Medical Ethics has published bioethicist Francesca Minerva pushing the logic of doctors-as-order-takers to its conclusion. Using examples of people who had horns surgically implanted in foreheads and feminists who wanted their bodies “uglified” as an ideological statement, Minerva makes the absolutist claim that a doctor’s job requires doing precisely what the patient wants:

    If doctors make a conscientious objection to perform cosmetic surgery for artistic, whimsical, or political reasons on the sole ground that such interventions do not match the traditional goals of cosmetic surgery, they impose their own idea of what medicine is supposed to achieve. .  .  . Doctors have at least a prima facie obligation to perform treatments their patients request, even when they do not agree with the goals of the patients, their lifestyle, their idea of what is in their best interest and their values.

    Think what this could mean. Doctors could be forced to participate in body mutilations that have nothing to do with treating disease or promoting wellness, such as the radical modifications undertaken by the late “Stalking Cat,” who had whiskers implanted to look feline (before committing suicide), or the “Dragon Lady,” a transgendered woman who has had her ears and nose cut off to look reptilian.

    More ominously, doctors could be required to perform female genital mutilation. Minerva seeks to avoid this obvious consequence by blithely noting the practice is often outlawed. But that’s a dodge. FGM isn’t universally prohibited…

    Sammy Finkelman (0c3646)

  39. I hope that this so-called “doctor” has had her clitoris removed as well? Because, fair is fair. Even for Muslims.

    Lynne Wolfe (1f4f4f)

  40. Doctors have at least a prima facie obligation to perform treatments their patients request, even when they do not agree with the goals of the patients, their lifestyle, their idea of what is in their best interest and their values.

    No they don’t. They have a prima facie duty to heal. Not do this: (this idiot wants his genitals removed to become a “genderless alien”)

    Rev. Hoagie® (785e38)

  41. BTW, don’t any of these doctors consider referring these clowns to a good psychiatrist?

    How about this hansom “devil”:

    Rev. Hoagie® (785e38)

  42. Next questions.
    How long has the FBI known about this case?
    Are there others being investigated?
    And the $64 one, did someone (nudge nudge, wink wink) hold up the investigation?
    And if so why?

    Flatiron Fred (5a4596)

  43. He is risen!

    Happy Easter everyone.

    NJRob (43d957)

  44. Happy Easter Jersey.

    papertiger (c8116c)

  45. Yo, screw you, papertiger!

    Jersey (785e38)

  46. Remember – one of the leaders of the women’s march wanted to attack Ayaan Hirsi Ali for advocating against FGM and honor killings.

    harkin (517285)

  47. Happy Easter, everyone! Alleluia He has risen.

    felipe (023cc9)

  48. HAppy Easter, all, yes without that realization the rest is for nought.

    narciso (593d57)

  49. Remember – one of the leaders of the women’s march wanted to attack Ayaan Hirsi Ali for advocating against FGM and honor killings.

    Remember – Michelle Malkin thinks that the Japanese Internment was cool and good.

    Davethulhu (fab944)

  50. I think the words Michelle used were necessary and within the powers of a wartime president.

    papertiger (c8116c)

  51. Yo, screw you, papertiger!


    Fan of female genital mutilation, maybe?

    papertiger (c8116c)

  52. Found a bad egg? Drink up my hearties Yo Ho!

    papertiger (c8116c)

  53. Remember – Clarence Thomas supports the party that freed his ancestors

    While George Takai supports the party that put his family in an internment camp.

    harkin (5243a2)

  54. And at least those interned after Pearl Harbor weren’t made slaves and worked to death like the millions of victims of the Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere.

    Asia for Asians!!

    harkin (5243a2)

  55. harkin is making people think – Stop that!

    felipe (023cc9)

  56. Remember – Clarence Thomas supports the party that freed his ancestors

    If you see a truck with a rebel flag in the window, or a politician with a rebel flag on his desk, what party do you think the owner belongs to?×655.png

    Davethulhu (0075ca)

  57. Since it’s only Democrats who whitewash, coverup, and erase, their history (or have the need to – plenty of need to) a guy who embraces an heirloom which others would rather were swept under the rug, inalienable rights be damned …

    Pretty easy call really.

    papertiger (c8116c)

  58. whitewash


    I’m not sure you’ve thought your argument through.

    Davethulhu (fab944)

  59. Since the dems threw out faith and family and country, where is a believer to go.

    narciso (1be593)

  60. Naw. I’ve seen it up close and personal.
    Here’s an example.

    Charles Matthias Goethe (March 28, 1875 – July 10, 1966[1]) was an American entrepreneur, land developer, philanthropist, conservationist, founder of California State University, Sacramento, and a native and lifelong resident of Sacramento, California.

    Goethe wrote admiringly of California’s Forty-Niners, the State’s giant redwood trees, and loved the outdoors. He and his wife have been called the “The father and mother of the Nature Guide Movement,’ initiating interpretive programs with the U.S. National Park Service.[2] This was motivated by their experience with nature programs in Europe and desire to educate visitors in the U.S. National Parks.[3] His motto was “Learn to Read the Trail-side as a Book.”

    Goethe founded California State University, Sacramento (Sacramento State College at the time), which in turn treated Goethe with the reverence of a founding father, appointed him chairman of the University’s advisory board, dedicated the Goethe Arboretum to him in 1961, and organized an elaborate gala and ‘national recognition day’ to mark his 90th birthday in 1965, where he received letters of appreciation – solicited by his friends at CSUS – from the president of the Nature Conservancy, Governor Edmund G. Brown, and President Lyndon B. Johnson. As a result, in 1963, Goethe changed his will to make CSUS his primary beneficiary, bequeathing his residence, eugenics library, papers, and $640,000 to the University.[4]
    When Goethe died, CSUS received the largest share of his $24 million estate.

    Let’s reel that back a bit. Bequeathed his eugenics library to the university?!?

    Eugenics – that’s not politically correct. Somethings got to be done about that.

    University Arboretum at California State University, Sacramento

    The University Arboretum is the arboretum and botanic garden of the California State University, Sacramento at 6000 J Street, Sacramento, California, at J Street and Carlson Drive.[1]
    Founded in 1945 on what used to be a pear orchard and hop ranch,[1] the arboretum was originally named the Charles M. Goethe Arboretum in honor of Charles Goethe (1875–1966, pronounced “geh-teh”), a land developer, philanthropist, conservationist, eugenicist, and one of the university’s founding fathers. “The name was changed without fanfare to University Arboretum in 2005″ because of renewed attention to Goethe’s virulently racist views, praise of Nazi Germany, and advocacy of eugenics.[1][2][3]

    Didn’t give any of the money or property back though.

    papertiger (c8116c)

  61. It’s strange nothing was done about Goethe’s virulent political support of California Democrats.

    Some dots just are not to be connected.

    papertiger (c8116c)


    narciso (d1f714)

  63. If its crimethink not thought at all:

    narciso (d1f714)

  64. More passengers get reaccommadated on UA
    Although this time no one got beat up and United is saying that a couple of key items in the passengers’s story are false.

    kishnevi (fd381b)

  65. I was thinking that the eugenics, Californian Democrat, Nazi Germany nexus, embodied by Charles Goethe was just incidentally connected to the Nature Conservancy, Earth First, Global Warming cult.

    Not true. One of the original most vocal advocates for Aryan racial purity was none other than the respected by Democrats to this day science like journal Nature.

    The Promotion of Peace

    Editorial, Nature, vol. 142, No. 3597, October 8, 1938.

    The agreement arrived at by the four-power conference, which met at Munich on September 30 to find a peaceful solution of the conflicting rights of Czechs and Germans to territory assigned to Czechoslovakia by peace treaties which followed the Great War, marks the beginning of a new era in the history of the world, and will be gratefully welcomed by scientific workers in natural and national fields as a significant stage in the progressive ethical evolution of the human race.

    The British people have expressed their enthusiastic admiration for the self-sacrifice and unceasing endeavour exercised by Mr. Neville Chamberlain, the Prime Minister, to secure this end. Suggestions have been made that a national tribute fund should be opened, and Sir Charles Hyde has put, at the disposal of the University of Birmingham the sum of £10,000 to provide a Neville Chamberlain fund or scholarship. Appropriate recognition, independent of nationality, could be given by the Nobel peace prize, which is awarded “to the person who shall have most or best promoted the fraternity of nations and the abolition or dissemination of standing armies and increase of peace congresses”.

    The immediate object of the meeting between Mr. Chamberlain, M. Daladier, Herr Hitler and Signor Mussolini, reinforced by letters from President Roosevelt, was to find a peaceable settlement of a bitter dispute between Czechs and Germans; and though the people of Czechoslovakia naturally regard the terms imposed upon them as harsh, they and other nations would suffer far more if active hostilities had eventually to determine them. Even more important than the agreement of the four great European powers as to new boundaries between Germany and Czechoslovakia was the declaration signed by Mr. Chamberlain and Herr Hitler as the result of a further talk.

    “We regard,” it says, “the agreement signed last night and the Anglo-German Naval Agreement as symbolic of the desire of our two peoples never to go to war with one another again. We are resolved that the method of consultation shall be the method adopted to deal with any other questions that may concern our two countries, and we are determined to continue our efforts to remove possible sources of difference and thus to contribute to assure the peace of Europe.”

    This is, indeed, a step forward in the promotion of peaceful methods of settling disputes between nations; and however much we may deplore the intolerance of intellectual freedom, and the persecution of a defenceless minority, by which Germany is suppressing the advancement of knowledge and the rights of man, the declaration of the new Anglo-German undertaking makes the outlook much brighter. Sixty years ago, another Prime Minister, Disraeli, avoided a war between Russia and Britain by the Treaty of Berlin, as the result of consultation with the councils of Europe, and secured his “peace with honour”. We hope and believe that the resolution now made between the German Fuhrer and Chancellor and the British Prime Minister will have more lasting influence than that reached by Disraeli, of whose treaty it was said soon afterwards:

    “Once ‘peace with honour’ home was brought;
       And there the glory ceases.
    For peace a dozen wars has fought,
       And honour’s all to pieces.”

    How many times has the AGW hoax been presented as God given truth, handed down beyond question, by the Fuhrur saluting Nature magazine?

    papertiger (c8116c)

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