Campaigners against FGM call upon UNHRC to address issue

  Mumbai, Sep 23 (PTI) A group of campaigners against the female genital mutilation (FGM) prevalent in some communities in India, has called for stopping the practice and urged the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to address the issue. Significantly, the issue was taken up for discussion, the first time ever, at a side event at the 36th Regular session of the UNs Human Rights Council (HRC) in Geneva on… Read more ›

FGM campaigner knocks at UNHRC doors to address FGM in India

Geneva, 22 September: For the first time, Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in India was discussed at a side event at the 36th Regular session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) in Geneva yesterday. This discussion was held on the day of India’s Universal Periodic Review at the… Read more ›

Doctors in FGM case try to toss most serious charge

The lead defendants in the nation’s first female genital mutilation case moved late Wednesday to dismiss the most serious count against them, a sex charge punishable by up to life in federal prison. Dr. Jumana Nagarwala and Dr. Fakhruddin Attar want U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman to dismiss a conspiracy charge alleging they transported minors to Metro Detroit with the intent to engage in criminal sexual activity, according to… Read more ›

WeSpeakOut at the UN Human Rights Council meeting in Geneva

  Masooma Ranalvi, Convenor of WeSpeakOut, and Durga Nandini of Change.org spoke on a panel about FGM/C in India today at the United Nations Human Rights Council meeting in Geneva.  They were invited by the Global Alliance Against Female Genital Mutilation to… Read more ›

Cutting young girls isn't religious freedom

Kristina Arriaga, Vice Chair of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom, penned a powerful opinion piece in the The Wall Street Journal against defending khatna as religious freedom: Earlier… Read more ›

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 ›

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