The story continues to be ignored by most of mainstream media as barely a blip on their radar. They continue their hypocritical rants on Trump rather than live up to their mandate of honest, tough issues and investigative news reporting.
aired April 20, 2017
Timeline of the unfolding story Sharia vs US medical profession and law as reported by local Detroit media:
- Early 2017 and before, Agents of the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security began investigating female circumcision by persons in the US from as far back as 2005.
- Early April 2017 – She was arrested at Detroit Metropolitan Airport. Supposedly she was going to visit her two daughters in Kenya and her trip was not a flight risk but check on them after informing the federal officials. The Attars were placed on house arrest, and barred from using computers and accessing the internet. They also were not to have any contact with alleged victims or witnesses.
- April 12, 2017 – Charged with carrying out female genital mutilation (FGM) on young girls between six and eight years old in what is believed to be the first case of its kind in the country since the practice was banned in 1996. The Burhani Medical Clinic. Nagarwala, the clinic owner Dr. Fakhruddin Attar, and his wife Farida Attar all face charges in the case according to the federal indictments. Trial date scheduled for October 10, 2017. She was charged with a total of six crimes, including conspiracy to bring the girls across state lines. It carries a minimum sentence of 10 years in prison.
- April 13, 2017 – She was placed on administrative leave by the Henry Ford Health System. The hospital system released this statement: “We were shocked by the allegations. The alleged criminal activity did not occur at any Henry Ford facility. We would never support or condone anything related to this practice. The doctor has immediately been placed on administrative leave.”
- April 17, 2017 – She was remanded into custody at that time in federal court.
- April 27, 2017 – She was terminated by the Henry Ford Health System. A non-guilty plea was entered in federal court.
- June 2, 2017 – Alan Dershowitz along with defense attorney Mayer Morganroth were reported to have joined the defense team in late May.
- July 17, 2017 – U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman ruled will stay behind bars pending trial to prevent her from fleeing the country. The bond hearing came one day after The Detroit News reported that a grand jury investigation has spread to at least three more states as federal agents have identified new targets. The case now has expanded and alleges six people participated in a conspiracy to cut prepubescent girls as part of a religious procedure practiced by a small sect of Shia Muslims from India, the Dawoodi Bohra.Friedman said he would reconsider releasing Nagarwala if defense lawyers could devise a plan that would prevent the doctor from fleeing the country. Nagarwala’s lawyer Shannon Smith said she will try to develop a plan.
- September 19, 2017 – Bond of $4.5 million was raised partially from the doctor’s own funds and by her supporters in the Dawoodi Bohra community. It is believed to be the largest ever set in the U.S. District Court for Eastern Michigan. An attorney for Nagarwala admitted to her doing the procedures, but she insists that it is nothing more than a religious practice for Muslim families and that she has done nothing wrong.
Her medical history: of Indian origin; US citizen (no mention of naturalized or birth); graduated the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 1998 according to online cached bio; assistant director of the emergency medicine residency program at Detroit’s Henry Ford Hospital; published several papers in the medical literature; 2016 annual meeting of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine, she presented a brief talk; and licensed to practice in Michigan since 2001.
Regardless of the “rituals” of a religion when something this horrific and legally banned occurs in the US, then those who perform the ritual must be held accountable. These are not ignorant, poorly educated, nor illegally US licensed doctors. Their participation in such barbaric acts whether from religious beliefs or not are a clear violation of a medical health professional’s code of ethics and law.
As to her flight, why would anyone believe that she would leave family in the area and go to “visit” daughters in Africa? Could it have been that she was hoping to escape extradition? India does have an extradition treaty so visiting relatives there would not have helped. Africa has more than a few countries where this practice is openly performed so “visiting” her daughters would make sense.
This practice of female genitalia mutilation is sickening, gruesome, and horrific from all I could read. Many young girls and boys every year die or are permanently disfigured and scarred from the having such performed on them as a part of “religious” practices. WHO and other organizations have been attempting for many years to educate and stop this form of brutality.