Two Minnesota Mothers Charged in Michigan Genital Mutilation Case, Taking Number of Defendants to Eight

DETROIT — Two Minnesota mothers have been charged in an investigation of genital mutilation in an Indian American Muslim sect, months after bringing their daughters to a Detroit-area clinic. A new indictment was unsealed Sept. 14 in Detroit federal court, raising the number of defendants to eight. The eight include…

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The first federal criminal case on female genital mutilation will test the limits of religious liberty.

For the first time, the federal government is prosecuting a case of female genital mutilation (FGM). Six people in Michigan — including two doctors, two assistants, and the girls’ mothers — have been charged with participating in the mutilation of two seven-year-old girls. The doctors and families of the children are members…

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Michigan FGM case could test bounds of religious liberty

This fall, a United States district judge will hear a landmark case: For the first time, the federal government is pursuing a case of female genital mutilation on American soil. Defense lawyers have said they will argue a freedom of religion defense – setting the stage for an explosive test…

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Michigan takes female genital mutilators to court

On July 19, U.S. District Court Judge Bernard Friedman denied bail for Dr. Jumana Nagarwala, a physician, as the Detroit Free Press reported, “accused of cutting the genitals of two Minnesota girls as part of a religious procedure.”  According to the court, Nagarwala may have subjected as many as 100…

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