In April 2017, Dr. Jumana Nagarwala, a member of the Dawoodi Bohra Muslim community, was arrested for allegedly committing Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) on minor girls in Detroit, Michigan.
Federal prosecutors now say nearly 100 girls may have had their genitals cut at the hands of Dr. Nagarwala. Since then, another physician and his wife have also been arrested in the case and charged for their alleged participation in a conspiracy to commit FGM/C, and for other crimes.
These are the first arrests of physicians in the United States since FGM/C of minors became a federal crime in 1996. FGM/C is typically performed on girls between 5-14 years of age and affects 200 million women and girls worldwide. It is an ancient practice that predates Islam, Judaism, and Christianity and is still practiced in over 30 nations. It is not religiously prescribed per se, although it is deeply embedded in cultural and religious practices among several different groups.