This is exactly what was needed. Charge the parents. Good. We cannot allow this is occur on our soil.
DETROIT (AP) — Two Minnesota mothers have been charged in an investigation of genital mutilation in a Muslim sect, months after bringing their daughters to a Detroit-area clinic.
A new indictment was unsealed Thursday in Detroit federal court, raising the number of defendants to eight. The eight include Dr. Jumana Nagarwala, who is accused of performing the procedure.
The Associated Press isn’t naming the Minnesota moms to protect their daughters’ identities. The moms are charged with conspiracy and genital mutilation.
Nagarwala denies any crime and says she performed a religious custom on girls from her Muslim sect, the Dawoodi Bohra. She’s been in jail without bail since her arrest in April.
The indictment says Nagarwala performed genital mutilation on six girls, but prosecutors say the number could be much higher.
The principle of charging the families in FGM cases is valid, but it should also include the fathers. First, FGM is an especially serious form of physical assault with lifelong consequences. Second, FGM is symptomatic of an arc of criminality that includes other forms of child abuse, forced marriage, domestic violence, so- called ‘Honor Violence’ and even ‘Honor Killing.’ The various forms of violence re-enforce one another. Early intervention can prevent subsequent forms of violence and may prevent violence against younger siblings.