Two More People Charged in Genital Mutilation Case

Posted April 23, 2017

Dr. Nagarwala's lawyer says the doctor performed a religious procedure by removing tissue from the girl. Dr. Fakhruddin Attar and his wife, Farida, appeared in court Friday.

The Attars were arraigned Friday afternoon in U.S. District Court and will remain locked pending a detention hearing at 1 p.m. Wednesday, when a judge will decide whether to grant them bond or keep them behind bars. He is the only listed officer on the corporate records for Burhani Medical Clinic.

Four minutes later, Attar handed her a white bag in the parking lot.

"He looked upset", McCarty told The Detroit News.

Attar told investigators that Nagarwala used his clinic to treat girls between ages 6 and 9 for genital problems and that Nagarwala didn't charge for her services. The Attars and Nagarwala belong to a Muslim sect called Dawoodi Bohra. It's the only Dawoodi Bohra mosque in MI. The mosque's website lists him as a treasurer.

It is not clear why agents arrested Attar, 52. The Attars allegedly allowed the procedure to be carried in their Livonia medical clinic.

Investigators in MI have identified other children who may have also had the illegal procedure performed by Nagarwala between 2005 and 2007.

He also admitted that Nagarwala never "charged patients" when she saw them at his office.

Investigators say they believe that Nagarwala mutilated the genitals of several other children at Attar's clinic between 2005 and 2017.

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Last week, Dr. Jumana Nagarwala of MI was arrested and charged with performing female genital mutilation on minors.

According to the complaint, some of the minor victims allegedly traveled inter-state to have Nagarwala perform the procedure, the report said. She also told investigators that her parents instructed her not to talk about the procedure because it was a secret.

Nagarwala has denied performing female genital mutilation.

Nagarwala, 44, of Northville, Michigan, was charged last week with female genital mutilation, transportation with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity and making a false statement to a federal officer.

Dr. Attar is an internal medicine physician in private practice and his wife is his office manager, but Dr. Attar is also on staff at St. Mary mercy hospital in Livonia, and his clinical privileges at the hospital have now been suspended.

Farida Attar is alleged to have told authorities she came in to see six to nine girls a year.

Livonia Police apparently did not get advance notice of the search, Capt. Robert Nenciarini said.

A lawyer for Dr Nagarwala, who was arrested on 12 April, has claimed the procedure was not FGM, but rather a religious ceremony to wipe off a small amount of mucous membrane, which was given to the family on a gauze pad for burial. "The doctor was immediately placed on administrative leave and her clinical privileges have been suspended".