Some good news on the legal front. The Trump Justice Department is prosecuting a Detroit physician for acts of female genital mutilation. On seven-year-old girls. Amazingly, this is the first case of its kind. The rule was established in 2012. Guess which administration failed to prosecute any cases under it?
One awaits the op-eds by those who believe that FGM, as it is called, is protected speech… a cultural practice that we do not have any right to judge.
The Detroit News reports:
A Detroit emergency room physician was charged Wednesday with mutilating the genitalia of two 7-year-old girls in what is believed to be the first case of its kind brought under federal law.
Jumana Nagarwala of Livonia was charged with female genital mutilation, a five-year felony, and transportation with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity, a 10-year felony, according to a complaint unsealed Thursday in U.S. District Court.
“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 Blanco said in a statement. “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.”
Nagarwala was arrested Wednesday night.