Last year, Jumana Nagarwala, an Indian-American physician in Detroit, became the first person charged under a U.S. law on the books since 1996 criminalizing female genital mutilation.
So far, things aren’t going well for the side wanting to see justice done.
A District Court judge has dismissed the one major charge out of several against Nagarwala and her husband, Fakhruddin Atta, that could have landed them in prison for life.
Nagarwala denies any crime was committed, saying she merely performed a religious custom on girls from her Muslim sect, the India-based Dawoodi Bohra.
Previously, I reported on Dr. Allan Jacobs, director of the gynecological oncology department at Coney Island Hospital, who suggested an outright ban of the practice is a form of “cultural prejudice.”