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Doctor, wife in genital mutilation case want out of jail

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Cris De Lacerda | 26 Abril, 2017, 14:40

The investigation is connected to the case of Dr. Almost 6,000 reported cases occurred in Britain from April 2015 to March 2016, according to the Health and Social Care Information Center, and, in the US, an Islamic doctor in MI was charged earlier this month with performing the procedure on a pair of 7-year-old girls.

Attar, who is on the medical staff at St. Mary Mercy Livonia hospital, owns a private clinic in Livonia.

The alleged cutter is Dr. Jumana Nagarwala, who was arrested April 12 in what is the nation's first federal prosecution of genital mutilation.

She has denied cutting the girls, saying she merely performed a religious procedure that involved removing and then burying skin in the ground.

"The girls were laid on an examining table, told to put their knees to their chests with their legs spread apart, that the doctor pinched them in the place where they "pee", that there was blood on the examining table, that they were in pain and could barely walk, and were given pads to put in their underwear".

She said it is "very clear that the focus of interventions should be on affected communities to move them to a position where they recognise these facts and change the social norms" that contribute to continuing the harmful practice on women and girls.

The girl told investigators her mom told her to keep the procedure a secret. "The glove, which had the minor victim's name written on it, was retrieved by agents after a search of the clinic".

Genital mutilation, also known as cutting, has been condemned by the United Nations and is outlawed in the U.S. Nagarwala and the Attars belong to a Muslim sect known as Dawoodi Bohra.

"FGM is a violation of the human rights of girls and women", writes the World Health Organization.

Accusing a person of "mutilation" versus asking them about "cutting" may make a difference in many communities. His wife, he said, stayed with the girls during the procedures to "comfort" them.

The girl said three days passed before she felt better and no medicine was needed.

Investigators said the girl's father was aware of where his wife was going with their daughter because she texted him.

CNN's calls to the parents were not returned.

On April 19, a judge ordered the case and all files (except the order) be sealed and the hearings be confidential, Mohr told CNN.

Federal child forensic interviewers have talked to several MI children who said that Nagarwala had performed genital mutilation on them.

Due to the confidentiality of the case, it is unclear if the child has returned home to her parents.

The Detroit News reported that members of the Dawoodi Bohra sect in the area where the defendants live and work belong to the Anjuman-e-Najmi mosque, the only Dawoodi Bohra mosque in MI.

"It is an important rule of the Dawoodi Bohras that we respect the laws of the land, wherever we live", the statement continued.

"Any violation of United States law is counter to instructions to our community members", a statement released by the sect Dawoodi Bohras said. "This is precisely what we have done for several generations in America".

Authorities said phone records also show Attar was in regular communication with members of the same Indian Muslim community in Minnesota, making 50 phone calls in a three-month period starting last fall.