Detroit FGM defendants demand proof: Show us photos of alleged victims' genitalia

The defense in Michigan's historic genital mutilation case is demanding the government turn over "the most significant piece" of evidence: Photos and videos of the genitalia of the young girls who are listed as the victims in the case. The photos are key evidence because the defendants have always maintained that there was no cutting involved in the procedure, just a minor scraping. The government alleges it was more than… Read more ›

Michigan Rep wants to toughen Federal penalty for FGM

July 20, 2017: Birmingham Rep. Dave Trott proposes "to make female genital mutilation a 15-year crime nationwide, matching a tough new Michigan penalty signed into law earlier this month". This act is called the Stopping Abusive Female Exploitation (SAFE) Act and would raise the current federal prison time of… Read more ›

Judge keeps doctor jailed in Detroit FGM case

Dr. Jumana Nagarwala of Northville is a flight risk because she is facing charges that could send her to federal prison for the rest of her life and because she has ties overseas, U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman said. Nagarwala, a U.S. citizen and mother of four children with family in India and Africa, is scheduled to stand trial Oct. 10 with five others in the nation’s first federal case involving female genital… Read more ›

Detroit FGM probe widens as deportation fears mount

July 18, 2017 - The grand jury investigation of female genital mutilation has spread to at least three more states as federal agents have identified new targets, according to federal court records. The targets live in Los Angeles, Chicago and New York, according to federal court records and interviews with people close to a criminal case that, until now, was focused solely on conduct involving girls from Michigan and… Read more ›

State of Michigan passes stringent anti-FGM laws

A series of new laws passed in Michigan strengthen penalties for female genital mutilation practices in the state. Performing FGM or transporting another person in the state for the purpose of undergoing FGM will be punishable by up to 15 years in prison, 10 years more than the federal penalty for the crime. The new legislation comes only a few months after the state became the backdrop for the first federal case involving FGM in the… Read more ›

A Backlash on Speaking Out About Mutilation

Alifya Sulemanji  When Alifya (Ally) Sulemanji first disclosed on Facebook that she opposed female genital cutting, she got unfriended by a handful of women in her religious community. But the backlash got worse. Now, says the New York activist, some women at her mosque won't… Read more ›

US Genital Mutilation Scandal Widens to Include Mothers

June 21, 2017  “Two mothers were indicted Wednesday and accused of participating in a widening conspiracy....Arif and Dahodwala were arraigned in federal court Wednesday, ordered to wear GPS tethers and released on $10,000 unsecured bonds. The women, whose ages and hometowns were not available, are not U.S. citizens and were ordered to surrender their Indian passports.”   Read… Read more ›

Mosque denies paying for FGM

The Farmington Hills mosque whose members have been charged in a female genital mutilation scandal denied allegations Wednesday that it paid to have the procedure performed on girls. In a letter, the Anjuman-e-Najmi mosque called the accusation, made during a custody hearing Tuesday by attorney Cynthia Nunez, false.   Read more… Read more ›

Lawyer accuses Detroit mosque of paying for FGM

Attorney Cheryl Nunez, who is serving as guardian for Nagarwala's children, told a judge Tuesday that the mosque they all attend paid for female genital mutilation procedures on young girls. Read more… Read more ›

Indian Muslims for Secular Democracy supports WeSpeakOut

          Indian Muslims for Secular Democracy is a grassroots organization for Indian Muslims living n the 21st century. IMSD strongly condemns the practice of female genital… Read more ›

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