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Detroit doc allegedly mutilated girls' genitals

By Brad Hunter, Toronto Sun

Detroit Dr. Jumana Nagarwala, 44, is accused of mutilating the genitals of two seven-year-old Minnesota girls. (Henry Ford Hospital photo)

Detroit Dr. Jumana Nagarwala, 44, is accused of mutilating the genitals of two seven-year-old Minnesota girls. (Henry Ford Hospital photo)

A Detroit doctor accused of performing genital mutilations on two seven-year-old Minnesota girls has been charged.

Cops say Dr. Jumana Nagarwala, 44, was identified by the two girls as the person who performed the barbaric procedures on them at a suburban clinic in February.

Their mothers took them to Nagarwala for the procedures, the FBI said.

Female genital mutilation of minors is illegal in the U.S. unless there’s a legitimate health reason.

“Despite her oath to care for her patients, Dr. Nagarwala is alleged to have performed horrifying acts of brutality on the most vulnerable victims,” Acting Assistant Attorney General Kenneth Blanco said in a statement. “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.”

The case is believed to be the first of its kind in the U.S., the Detroit News reported.

FBI agents have also identified other children who may have suffered at the doctor’s hands between 2005 and 2007.

The accused remains in jail awaiting a hearing Monday.

Meanwhile, Muslim leaders in Minneapolis are outraged over a man patrolling a Somali neighbourhood enforcing the Islamic civil code.

Abdullah Rashid has been telling residents not to drink, use drugs or interact with the opposite sex, according to his interpretation of Sharia law, the Star Tribune reported Thursday.

bhunter@postmedia.com