A Detroit emergency room doctor was arrested after she was accused of performing female genital mutilation on young girls, the Department of Justice announced Thursday.
The criminal complaint alleges Jumana Nagarwala, M.D. of Northville, Michigan performed FGM on girls aged 6 to 8 years old.
"Dr. Nagarwala is alleged to have performed horrifying acts of brutality on the most vulnerable victims," said Acting Assistant Attorney General Blanco.
"The Department of Justice is committed to stopping female genital mutilation in this country, and will use the full power of the law to ensure that no girls suffer such physical and emotional abuse." Blanco said.
"The allegations detailed in [the] criminal complaint are disturbing," said Special Agent in Charge David Gelios. "The FBI, along with its law enforcement partners, are committed to doing whatever necessary to bring an end to this barbaric practice and to ensure no additional children fall victim to this procedure."
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The case is believed to be the first of its kind under the criminalization of FGM.
A US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report in 2012 found that roughly 513,000 women and girls in the US were at risk of undergoing female genital mutilation, which was more than three times higher than an earlier estimate based on 1990 data.