In yet another sick turn in the case of a Michigan doctor charged with performing genital mutilation procedures on underage girls, a federal attorney is now accusing a Michigan mosque of bankrolling the operations.
Dr. Jumana Nagarwala is charged with mutilating two underage girls at her clinic in Livonia, Michigan, although federal prosecutors estimate she may have victimized more than 100 little girls over a 12-year time span. At least two girls claimed they were cut during a visit to Nagarwala’s clinic, including one who said the doctor hurt her in the “place she goes pee,” according to the criminal complaint. Both girls were examined and found to have been forcibly subjected to FGM.
Nagarwala, who still denies she ever performed FGM on the girls, is reportedly a member of an Indian Muslim sect, and her husband is the treasurer of the Farmington Hills mosque. The Detroit Free Press reports prosecutors are now alleging the mosque paid Nagarwala to perform the FGM procedures.
Nagarwala’s attorney, Shannon Smith, vehemently denied those allegations during a hearing Tuesday, saying the mosque only reimbursed Nagarwala for food she’d purchased for the mosque’s food bank. According to local reports, Smith claimed at the hearing that the accusations were “absolutely not true,” adding the prosecution was exaggerating the facts of the case to “make it sound bad.”
Then again, what really sounds bad is the fact that a licensed physician may have been barbarically mutilating the genitals of little girls.