For the second time in a week, federal authorities have charged a Detroit area doctor with genital mutilation, this time arresting a suburban physician and his wife for allegedly helping another doctor perform genital cutting on young girls in a Livonia clinic.
Arrested are Dr. Fakhruddin Attar, 53, and his wife, Farida Attar, 50, both of Livonia. According to a criminal complaint unsealed today, Attar owns the medical clinic in Livonia where prosecutors say two Minnesota girls had their genitals mutilated in February by Dr. Jumana Nagarwala, who was charged last week in what is the nation's first federal prosecution of genital cutting. She was arrested April 12 and ordered jailed pending the outcome of her trial.
According to the complaint, Attar and his wife conspired with Nagarwala to bring young girls ages 6-8 to the clinic, where they would undergo genital mutilation procedures when the clinic was closed.
Nagarwala has claimed through her lawyer that she did not engage in any actual cutting, but rather that she removed a membrane from the genital area using a "scraper" and gave it to the parents to bury in the ground as part of a religious custom. The parents have not been charged. One of the girls in Minnesota was temporarily removed from the home but is now back with her parents.
Attar and his wife are scheduled to appear in U.S. District Court at 1 p.m. for an initial hearing on the charges.
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