Doctor Accused of Mutilating Genitals of 7-Year-Old Girls Must be Punished

Target: Daniel L. Lemisch, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan

Goal: Demand maximum punishment under the law for doctor who allegedly performed genital mutilation on two underage girls.

A Michigan doctor has been accused of performing genital cutting on two 7-year-old girls from Minneapolis. Dr. Jumana Nagarwala is charged with performing female genital mutilation, transporting minors with the intent to engage in a criminal sexual activity, and lying to federal agents. Her case is believed to be the first case prosecuted under a federal law that criminalizes the procedure – genital cutting has been illegal in the United States since 1996. The case is critical because it raises awareness of the fact that a considerable number of women and girls in the United States still suffer or face real risks of suffering such a horrific mutilation, even though the procedure has been officially prohibited in the country for over a decade.

Female genital mutilation involves circumcising, excising or infibulating all or part of a woman’s or girl’s labia majora, labia minora or clitoris.  One of the most publicized purposes of the procedure is to curb girls’ or women’s sexuality by eliminating sexual pleasure. The World Health Organization estimates that worldwide, more than 200 million girls and women alive today have gone through some form of genital mutilation. The practice is extensively documented and confirmed in at least 30 countries, most of them in Africa. Poverty, geographic remoteness and isolation, and cultural traditions are some of the barriers that make eliminating the practice an extremely hard challenge.

In the United States, genital mutilation is considered a criminal sexual activity. However, the status of a serious federal felony has not yet fully protected American girls and women. Amendments to legislation had to be added recently to outlaw the so-called “vacation cutting,” or the transportation of a girl overseas so she can have the procedure. There are also cases where the surgery is carried out outside the girl’s hometown, so there is less suspicion, such the case of the girls from Minneapolis allegedly lacerated by Dr. Nagarwala. Indeed, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention found that more than a half million girls and women were affected by or at risk of genital mutilation in the United States in 2012. Dr. Nagarwala should, therefore, receive maximum punishment under the law, making her case a clear repudiation of this horrifying sexist practice.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Lemisch,

I urge you to recommend the maximum punishment under the law to Dr. Jumana Nagarwala, a Michigan physician who has been accused of performing genital mutilation on two 7-year-old girls. Dr. Nagarwala has made an oath to care for her patients and, yet, she is allegedly responsible for an act of brutality on vulnerable and innocent victims. These girls will carry the consequences of the painful procedure for the rest of their lives.

It is crucial that Dr. Nagarwala receives the maximum punishment, in a clear message that our country will not tolerate this sexist and inhumane practice. Genital cutting is an issue that flies under the radar, and it is widely believed to be a problem of other countries, even though there were more than a half million girls and women affected by or at risk of genital mutilation in the United States in 2012. Your office should also push other departments in the country to thoroughly investigate and complete root out this practice.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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15 Comments

  1. Kathryn Irby says:

    Prosecute this Quack to the Max to Blatant Incompetence!!

  2. She must be fully prosecuted, and made an example of, to help bring this horrific crime to an end.
    What about male circumcision? Why is it not being prosecuted? Baby boys at the tender age of 8 days old are being circumcised with no anesthetic. They are being tortured and mutilated by Jewish Rabbis. This also must be stopped.

  3. Kathy Terrell says:

    disgusting!

  4. Anne Moeller Anne Moeller says:

    Do to this quack of a doctor that she has done to these innocent children!!!

  5. This neanderthal quack must suffer! Let a few decent women teach her what it feels like and administer a suitable punishment. I believe sharks will eat any old rubbish.

  6. Heather Brophy says:

    He is not any better than a rapist and should never be allowed to practice. He should be jailed and fined to the maximum!

  7. Absolutely Angry says:

    This doctor still has a license??? Where does mutilation fall under the Hippocratic oath? The AMA better get on this and make an example out of this pos for ruining these little girls genitalia! How about investigating all these doctors in question? This is a product of the many problems with the health care umbrella this country has! So sad when the people in charge just can’t do their jobs investigating protocol procedures and this still happens in our own backyard!!! Wake up America, this could’ve been your kids this happened to!

  8. KAREN TIPPING says:

    This butcher of a doctor should be struck off ! There’s no medical reason for this mutilation !

  9. Rita De Ferrary says:

    Dr.? Why is no one suggesting what should really happen to her as punishment. One – her medical license should be pulled. Two – she should be arrested and jailed for a felony crime. Three – after she serves her term in jail her citizenship should be taken from her and she should be deported.

  10. ARE THE PARENTS OF THESE CHILDREN ACTUALLY TAKING THEIR GIRLS TO THIS DOCTOR TO HAVE THIS DONE, ARE THEY MENTAL TO HAVE THIS DONE TO THEIR GIRLS, WHAT SORT OF EVIL BARARIC PARENTS WOULD DO SUCH EVIL TO THEIR CHILDREN, THEY HAVE TO BE CHARGED AND PROSICUTED AS WELL AS THE DOCTOR.

  11. ARE THE PARENTS OF THESE CHILDREN ACTUALLY TAKING THEIR GIRLS TO THIS DOCTOR TO HAVE THIS DONE, ARE THEY MENTAL TO HAVE THIS DONE TO THEIR GIRLS, WHAT SORT OF EVIL BARARIC PARENTS WOULD DO SUCH EVIL TO THEIR CHILDREN, THEY HAVE TO BE CHARGED AND PROSICUTED AS WELL AS THE DOCTOR.

  12. The mentally disturbed quack doctor
    AND the mentally disturbed parents
    should spend the rest of their sorry lives in prison. All done in the name of religion, a far too common claim for doing EVIL. Sick, violent, cruel scums. The poor little girls have been severely
    mutilated for life. Their emotional/mental health has also been mutilated for life.

  13. Richard Hofman Richard Hofman says:

    We are still some kind of a neanderthal….
    But we dont’t know that…

  14. SOMEONE MUTILATE THESE EVIL WITCH DR’S
    NO ONE HAS THE *RIGHT* TO MUTILATE ANYONE OR ANY ANIMALS!!! THIS IS A SIN!!!! BURN IN HELL!!!!

  15. FREAK! Hard labour for the rest of his useless life!

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