Thousands of New Cases of FGM Reported in England

Thousands of New Cases of FGM Reported in England

Newly released data shows that 5,391 new cases of female genital mutilation (FGM) were reported in England this year, reported the BBC.

The statistics were presented by the National Health Service.

As per a law in the UK, doctors, hospital and other medical practitioners are required to report new cases of FGM.

The majority of women who were reported were victims of the barbaric procedure as children living abroad.  One-third of the newly reported victims were born in Somalia. UK-born victims comprised 112 of the reported cases.

Any intentional altering or injuring of the female external genitalia for non-medical reasons is illegal in the UK. Violators can be punished with up to 14 years in prison.

In a statement by the NSPCC, the UK’s leading child charity reiterated, “FGM is child abuse. Despite being illegal for over 30 years, too many people are still being subjected to it and it is right that health services have started to properly record evidence of this horrendous practice.

“It takes courage to report concerns as many feel ashamed or worry they will betray friends and family. But we need to end the silence that surrounds FGM to better protect children.”

Most girls who have undergone FGM are cut between the ages of four and 12. The World Health Organization regards FGM as a worldwide public health issue because of its harmful physical and mental effects.

Short-term complications can include hemorrhaging, pain, shock, and even death, while long-term complications include formation of cysts, problems with sexual intercourse and giving birth, chronic pelvic infection and sterility.

The trauma of FGM often lasts a lifetime and can cause depression and anxiety, among other psychological problems. FGM also reduces or eliminate sexual pleasure for the victim.

Types of FGM include:

Type I: the removal of the prepuce (the fold of skin surrounding the clitoris) with or without removal of the entire clitoris (sensitive and erectile part of the female genitals)

Type II: excision of the clitoris with labia minora and partial or total labia majora

Type III: the removal part or all of the external genitalia and stitching/ narrowing of vaginal opening, leaving a small opening for urine and menstrual blood (infibulation)

Type IV: pricking, piercing or incising of the clitoris and/ or labia; stretching of the clitoris and/ or labia; cauterization by burning of the clitoris and surrounding tissue; scraping of tissue surrounding vaginal orifice or cutting of the vagina; introduction of corrosive substances or herbs into the vagina to cause bleeding or for the purpose of tightening

For a complete report about FGM, see Clarion Project’s in-depth Fact Sheet on the subject or our brief summary, FGM 101.

Linda Sarsour Caught Lying about Female Genital Mutilation in Islam

Linda Sarsour Caught Lying about Female Genital Mutilation in Islam

Female Genital Mutilation is a barbaric practice that is rightly illegal in western countries and practice of and can lead, and should lead, to a prison sentence.  In most cases that come to light, no charges are brought and this gives the green light for the continuation of the barbaric practice.
Many a Muslim living in the West (like Linda Sarsour) loudly tell us that FGM has nothing to do with Islam and is, rather, a cultural problem.  David Wood, as usual, takes us to the Islamic sources and destroys this argument and illustrates that it is an Islamic practice.  It may have been a cultural practice inMuhammad’s day but he embraced it as the truth of Allah and gave his stamp of approval to the barbaric practice.  Hardly surprising from a man whose very nature was barbaric.
Published on 25 Apr 2017

After learning that a female genital mutilation gang had been arrested in Michigan, faux feminist Linda Sarsour tweeted: “Female genital mutilation has no place in Detroit or anywhere else in the world. Female genital mutilation is barbaric and is not an Islamic practice.”

In this video, our hero David Wood turns to Muslim scholars and Islam’s most trusted sources to see if female genital mutilation (female circumcision) is prescribed in Islam.

Why Is Female Genital Mutilation Still Happening in the U.S.?

Why Is Female Genital Mutilation Still Happening in the U.S.?

By Phyllis Chesler

Let’s be clear: FGM (female genital mutilation) is illegal in the United States. That fact did not stop Drs. Humana Nagarwala, Fakhruddin Attar, and his wife Farida Attar, from allegedly performing these criminal and human rights atrocities against two vulnerable 7-year-old girls in the Detroit metro area. The physicians and Attar’s wife have all been arrested. According to Fox 2 News in Detroit the three have been charged with female genital mutilation and conspiracy. The doctors are also charged with making false statements to investigators and trying to obstruct the investigation.

Knowingly subjecting someone to female genital mutilation (FGM), whether within U.S. borders or abroad (“vacation cutting”), is illegal under federal law.

For years, many Muslims have insisted that the practice of FGM has nothing to do with Islam, that it is, originally, an African and pagan custom. This may be true. However, many Muslims believe it is religiously required.

Many Muslims believe female genital mutilation is religiously required.

Boldly, cleverly, the Detroit-area physicians are arguing that FGM is a “religious practice” and that to interfere with it is tantamount to religious discrimination. There is some proof that Mohammed allowed a female “exciser” to perform this mutilation — but he advised her not to “overdo it.”

In the Islamic world, FGM is practiced most widely in the in the Arab Muslim Middle East, both in the Gulf and in African states such as Egypt, Somalia, and Sudan; but it has increasingly spread to Muslim communities in Central Asia (parts of Iraqi Kurdistan and Iran) and to the Far East (Malaysia and Indonesia).

Female genital mutilation (FGM) is not at all like male circumcision. Not only is the capacity for sexual pleasure destroyed, but complications are routine and include bleeding, painful urination, cysts, and dangerous and recurrent bladder and urinary tract infections. The growth of scar tissue can make marital intercourse a nightmare and turn childbirth into an experience of danger and torture.

The New York Times opted not to use the term FGM in its article about the Nagarwala/Attar case. The paper’s Health and Science editor later explained that the term is too “culturally loaded.”

FGM also increases the likelihood of newborn deaths. In addition, some girls and women develop fistulas and become incontinent. They are doomed to defecate and urinate without control. Absent effective surgery, this is a life-long condition that leads to a woman being shunned by her family.

And then there is a life-long post-traumatic stress disorder that normally accompanies the experience of having been forced into such suffering, traditionally at the hands of a female butcher, usually the mother or grandmother.

In the West, misguided concepts of “multi-cultural relativism” and fear of offending an increasingly hostile Muslim and African immigrant population has condemned those girls and women who live among us and who deserve their rights under Western law.

Whether FGM is understood to be a religious or a tribal custom, like polygamy, child marriage, normalized daughter-and-wife battering, incest, and “honor killing,” it has no place in the West.

Those who choose to live here should obey our laws; the freedoms for which we have fought should extend to all Americans, not only to some.

Phyllis Chesler, a Shillman-Ginsburg fellow at the Middle East Forum, is an emerita professor of psychology and women’s studies and the author of sixteen books.

Ayaan Hirsi Ali: Female genital mutilation and what we’re really talking about beneath the weasel words ‘genital cutting’

Ayaan Hirsi Ali: Female genital mutilation and what we’re really talking about beneath the weasel words ‘genital cutting’

By Ayaan Hirsi Ali

The recent news that a grand jury in Michigan has indicted three people, including two doctors, for female genital mutilation is a welcome development. As the first ever prosecutions of this crime in the United States, the case shines much needed light on an underground human rights abuse that has been going on for too long. Female genital mutilation has been deliberately covered up by those practicing it here or sending their daughters overseas during summer break to be mutilated outside of the law.

Yet, ham-fisted attempts to appear culturally sensitive by the likes of the New York Times reporting on this story will push these issues underground once more. The newspaper’s Health and Science Editor wrote that referring to female genital mutilation as ‘genital cutting’ is less ‘culturally loaded’ and will help to bridge a gap between those who practice FGM and those who campaign against it. In her eyes it’s a case of Africa vs. the West.

As an African who was subjected to FGM, now living in the West, allow me to help bridge that gap by explaining what we’re really talking about beneath the weasel words ‘genital cutting’.

There are five types of female genital mutilation performed on girls from as young as five years of age. Four of them are unarguably mutilation, and the other is designed to symbolize mutilation. I will start with the mildest.

1. The ‘nick’: The girl is held down, her legs pushed apart and a needle is used to prick her clitoris. The incision is similar to a finger prick test for diabetes, blood comes out and the girl is considered ‘cleansed’. Often there is a ritual with a little party to celebrate the procedure.

2. ‘Female circumcision’: The second method in terms of severity is often compared to male circumcision. The hood of the clitoris is cut off, in some cases the tip of the clitoris is cut off, known as clitoridectomy. In this form, an otherwise normally functioning body part is sliced off and thrown out. Disfiguring a little girl’s genitals in this way cannot rationally be considered anything but mutilation.

3. Intermediate infibulation: In the third form of FGM, as much of the clitoris as possible is dug out and removed. The inner labia are cut off and the outer labia are sewn together leaving two small holes for urination and menstruation. In places where this is done without ‘medical intervention’ girls have been known to bleed to death. After infibulation is done it is imperceptible what has taken place when the girl stands up with her legs together, but in the obstetrician’s position it is clearly visible that parts of her genitals have been removed and sewn up.

Sadly, we are only just past half way and female genital mutilation gets worse. No doubt setting out these practices in detail is disturbing but it is crucial that we speak openly about what is taking place rather than shroud it in euphemism so as not to cause offence.

4. Total infibulation: In the fourth type of FGM the clitoris and inner labia are cut off and the outer labia are cut or scraped off too, then sewn up. When the girl stands, even with her legs closed, her genitals clearly look different.

5. Vaginal fusing: In the fifth type of FGM, which is rarely discussed, all of the fourth type is done and then the inner walls of the vagina are scratched to cause bleeding and the sewing is again done. The girl’s feet are tied together in an effort to fuse the two sides of the vagina with scar tissue to close it up. Children can die undergoing this.

It is hard for people outside of communities practicing FGM to understand what is taking place. One example that has stayed with me over the years was a woman in the Netherlands that I translated for. I accompanied her to visit an obstetrician as she was having great difficulty with urination and menstruation. She showed the doctor her genitals after being subjected to the fifth and most severe type of FGM with her genitals completely removed. The stunned doctor asked if she had been burned. He could not believe that what had been done to her was deliberate, he assumed it must have been a horrific accident. But, it was no accident.

It’s for women like her that I started the AHA Foundation as a resource to help women and girls who are truly bridging the gap between worlds and cultures. They are living in the United States under the protection of our laws and Constitution but suffering human rights abuses imported from overseas.

The aim of FGM in all its forms is to control female sexuality. The clitoris is removed to take physical pleasure from sex and reduce the libido. In its more severe forms, involving sewing the genitals up, the aim is to ensure the girl is a virgin on her wedding night. Many women must be surgically re-opened (or simply with a pen knife or razor blade) in order to consummate their marriage.  The consequences of FGM are ongoing psychological and physical harms from infections to fistulas and even death.

Even in its most mild form, the ‘nick’ procedure involves a young girl being held down by her loved ones and a needle poked into one of her most sensitive body parts. The moment this is done the child becomes sexually aware, she can now be a temptation to men, she can destroy her family’s so-called ‘honor’ and must now behave in certain ways around boys to demonstrate her modesty.

The debate around nicking, which had been previously settled, was revived again last year by an article in the Journal of Medical Ethics. The authors argued that nicking the vulva or cutting out the hood of the clitoris (FGM forms 1 and 2 above) are less harmful and should be tolerated by liberal societies. These practices, they suggest, are ethically acceptable and not contraventions of girls’ human rights.

Indeed, like the New York Times, these academics argue that referring to modest forms of FGM ‘mutilation’ is culturally insensitive and demonizes ‘important cultural practices’. Yet the meaning of those ‘important cultural practices’ is not examined beneath their ‘ethical lens.’ Notoriously academics and politically correct apologists like them assume any claim of ‘culture’ is by rights a good thing and trumps other considerations.

Seeing as they are so reluctant to critique cultural practices, other than those of ‘powerful, white men,’ I will do it for them. The ‘nick’ symbolizes and communicates to little girls that their natural state is unclean and that pain must be inflicted on their genitals to make them acceptable to their communities.

FGM is the symptom of harmful cultural beliefs that girls and women must be sexually pure, modest and that their bodies exist to breed. Whether it’s justified by being a Muslim, Egyptian, Indian, Jewish, black, a woman or any other category venerated in the identity politics pantheon, these beliefs are not compatible with liberal societies that profess to ensure the human rights of their citizens.

I encourage anyone interested to stop this barbaric practice happening in the United States to contact us – www.ahafoundation.org.

Activist finds silence on genital mutilation case depressing, predictable

Activist finds silence on genital mutilation case depressing, predictable

John Kass Chicago Tribune

Imagine what the American left would do if conservative Republican Christians engaged in a barbaric practice to mutilate little girls, to kill off their sexual desire while leaving them fertile when they come of age.

American feminists and their allies of the left would be outraged. Op-ed writers from establishment newspapers would seethe and a few, I suspect, would draw some link to the ascension of Donald Trump and angry white men.

We’d witness a social media firestorm condemning the act, with tweets and hashtags.

But the other day, a Michigan physician was charged in a federal indictment for allegedly conspiring to perform female genital mutilation. It is a practice that predates Islam, but one that remains prevalent in many North African and some Middle Eastern predominantly Muslim countries.

American feminism has been mostly quiet about the girls. And the left in general has not engaged.

It is so quiet that you can’t even hear crickets hiding under the leaves. But silence can often hold the truth of things.

“It’s all so very sad and depressing. I find this silence extremely painful,” renowned feminist and activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali told me in an interview. “It’s been inculcated into them (the left) not to engage.

“The left can easily and comfortably condemn the misogyny of white men, but not of men of color, not of Muslims,” Hirsi Ali said. “They are afraid of being shunned. They’re afraid of being put into a basket of deplorables. So they’re silent.

“And what are they being silent about? They are being silent about the mutilation of young girls.”

Hirsi Ali was born in Somalia. She was subjected to genital mutilation. Now an American citizen, she runs the AHA Foundation, which is dedicated to protecting young girls from mutilations, honor killings and forced marriages. You can find more about them at their website, http://www.theahafoundation.org.

Her group estimates that in the U.S., some 500,000 women and young girls have suffered genital mutilation or are at risk of the practice. The federal case in Michigan is the first of its kind. Female genital mutilation (FGM) became illegal under a federal law in 1996, but at present, 26 states do not outlaw the practice, Hirsi Ali said.

“I come from Somalia and 98 percent of Somali girls, Egyptians, Sudanese, this happens to them,” Hirsi Ali said. “In Muslim communities there is the demand that women, girls, should be virgins and a woman’s sexuality is to be controlled and this is an effective and brutal way of doing that.”

And what of the immigrant groups here in America?

“It’s naive to think that in some communities, traditions like this are going to be left at the airport,” Hirsi Ali said. “These traditions are not left at the airport.”

According to the federal indictment of Dr. Jumana Nagarwala, who has denied the charges against her, the two girls were brought to Michigan by their parents from Minnesota in February.

Their genitals were mutilated in accordance with an ancient and barbaric custom known throughout Muslim Africa and parts of the Islamic Middle East, to remove sexual desire and therefore, make them fitting brides in the eyes of some.

According to the United Nations, the practice isn’t confined to Muslim North Africa. Some Egyptian Christian Copts are also said to engage in it.

Dr. Nagarwala’s attorney, Shannon Smith, said her client gave the material she had removed from the girls to the parents for burial, following a custom practiced by a small sect of Indian Muslims known as the Dawoodi Bohra.

“This practice does take place in a small amount of countries where Muslims reside, but not all Muslim countries,” Dawud Walid, executive director of Michigan’s Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), told me by phone.

“Whether it is Islamic or not is a moot point. Obeying the law of the land is Islamic and overtly violating the law of the land is not Islamic,” said Walid. “And we obey the law.”

I left repeated messages for the National Organization for Women’s Michigan chapter, but they did not return my calls or emails.

Another aspect of the politics of all this is the decision by The New York Times — the arbiter of all things liberal in America — not to use the term female genital mutilation.

The Times opted for an Orwellian phrase, “genital cutting,” not to spare the Victorian sensibilities of its readers, but because it is politically palatable to the left.

But the United Nations uses female genital mutilation. The World Health Organization uses female genital mutilation.

It is not merely a cut. You can cut your fingernail. This is mutilation for a cultural purpose, to rob women of sexual joy and render them as breeders.

All of this, the application of a politically correct filter by The New York Times, the avoidance of the issue by the left, even the destruction of female sexuality by ancient cultures, is political.

And who suffers? Political wits and activists don’t suffer. Girls suffer.

The number of women worldwide estimated to have been subject to female genital mutilation has reached 200 million in some studies. Many thousands of young girls develop infections and die.

“The decision of The New York Times illustrates the terrible trade-off they’ve made,” said Hirsi Ali. “They’re concerned about politics, about protecting a group versus the individual rights of the child or the woman.

“Groups don’t have rights. Individuals do,” Hirsi Ali said. “Individuals have bodies. You can lock them up, cause them pain, and break their spirit.

“And so the talk is about groups and identity politics,” she said. “When what is being done is actually mutilating the genitals of a little girl.”

2nd doctor, wife arrested in genital mutilation case

2nd doctor, wife arrested in genital mutilation case

Robert Snell , The Detroit News

Federal agents arrested a second doctor and his wife Friday in a widening conspiracy involving female genital mutilation and members of a Muslim sect.

Dr. Fakhruddin Attar is accused of letting Dr. Jumana Nagarwala perform mutilations at his Burhani Medical Clinic on Farmington Road. His wife, office manager Farida Attar, also was arrested and is accused of helping Nagarwala perform the mutilations, according to a 14-page complaint unsealed Friday in federal court.

The arrests are the latest development in the nation’s first female genital mutilation case, which is providing insight into a small, insular Muslim community in Metro Detroit and an illegal procedure performed on young girls.

The complaint solves a mystery stemming from the case by pinpointing where Nagarwala allegedly mutilated two 7-year-old girls from Minnesota earlier this year. The complaint also describes a conspiracy involving at least Nagarwala, Attar and his wife — all three are members of the Dawoodi Bohra religious community based locally out of a Farmington Hills mosque.

Attar, 52, and his 50-year-old wife were arraigned in federal court Friday afternoon and ordered jailed until a detention hearing Wednesday. Both were dressed in the distinctive attire of Dawoodi Bohra members — he wore a white cap with gold trim, while his wife wore a long teal dress and head covering with pink fringe.

“Dr. Attar is not aware of any crimes committed at his clinic,” defense lawyer Mary Chartier told reporters outside court. “This is frightening for them and terrifying.”

She criticized the government for waiting until Friday to arrest the doctor.

“It’s classic gamesmanship by the government, knowing they would spend the weekend in custody,” she said. “I’m not surprised the government would pull that stunt.”

Gina Balaya, the U.S. Attorney’s Office spokeswoman, said prosecutors were prepared to hold a detention hearing Friday, during which U.S. Magistrate Judge David Grand could have decided whether to release the couple on bond.

“As reflected in open court, it was at the request of the defense that the hearing be set for Wednesday,” Balaya told The News.

‘It’s terrible’

The Farmington Hills couple were arrested around 9:30 a.m. Friday at Burhani Medical Clinic and federal agents were spotted inside.

Embassy Title Agency Inc. owner Kate McCarty’s office is next door to the Burhani clinic. She watched Attar’s arrest Friday after he arrived in the parking lot and is shaken by allegations of mutilations that allegedly happened next door.

“What do you think? It’s disgusting,” McCarty said. “I mean, it’s terrible.”

The arrests come 11 days after agents raided the clinic amid an investigation triggered by the two Minnesota girls who were brought to Metro Detroit in February and subjected to female genital mutilation.

Attar and his wife were charged with conspiracy to commit female genital mutilation and aiding and abetting female genital mutilation.

Nagarwala, meanwhile, was charged in federal court April 12 and is being held without bond on charges that could send her to federal prison for life.

According to court records and testimony, Nagarwala is a member of the Dawoodi Bohra, a small Muslim sect from India that was linked to a mutilation scandal in Australia two years ago.

Sect members locally belong to the Anjuman-e-Najmi mosque on Orchard Lake Road in Farmington Hills. It’s the only Dawoodi Bohra mosque in Michigan.

The Dawoodi Bohras hail mostly from western India and were traditionally comprised of businessmen, entrepreneurs and professionals. There are about 1 million followers worldwide.

Two years ago, three Dawoodi Bohras faced trial in Australia in a case that raised awareness of female genital mutilation. The case ended in prison sentences for the three, including a Dawoodi Bohra community leader.

Leaders of the Farmington Hills mosque released a statement Friday saying they are offering assistance to investigators.

“Any violation of U.S. law is counter to instructions to our community members,” the statement said. “It does not reflect the everyday lives of the Dawoodi Bohras in America.

“It is an important rule of the Dawoodi Bohras that we respect the laws of the land, wherever we live,” the statement continued. “This is precisely what we have done for several generations in America. We remind our members regularly of their obligations.”

Illegal since 1996

Nagarwala’s husband, Moiz Nagarwala, is listed as a leader of the Farmington Hills mosque, according to the mosque’s password-protected website, and records list him as having served as joint treasurer.

Attar has served as treasurer and a leader of the Farmington Hills mosque, according to the Anjuman-e-Najmi website.

Prosecutors said some members of the religious and cultural community practice female genital mutilation on young girls.

Some members of the community who have spoken against the practice said the surgery is performed to suppress female sexuality, reduce sexual pleasure and curb promiscuity, according to the criminal complaint.

The procedure has been illegal in the U.S. since 1996 and there are no health benefits for girls and women, according to the World Health Organization.

Nagarwala has denied performing female genital mutilation.

Her lawyer said Nagarwala merely performed a religious procedure that involved removing mucous membrane from the girls’ genitalia and giving it to relatives for burial.

The FBI and Homeland Security Investigations agents allege Attar and his wife arranged and helped Nagarwala perform the mutilations, according to the complaint.

“Farida assists Nagarwala during the procedures,” Homeland Security Investigations Special Agent Lisa Keith wrote in the complaint.

Nagarwala, 44, a Henry Ford Health System emergency room physician from Northville, is accused of performing the procedure at a Livonia clinic after the facility closed for the evening. She did not charge money to perform the procedures and did not fill out paperwork, according to courtroom testimony.

The Burhani clinic is on the edge of a neighborhood north of Five Mile, a half-mile north of the Livonia Police Department.

Attar owns the private clinic and also is a member of the medical staff at St. Mary Mercy Livonia hospital.

Laura Blodgett, a hospital spokeswoman, said in a statement Friday that Attar had been placed on leave.

“He does not have any surgical privileges nor performed any surgical procedures at St. Mary Mercy, and our hospital has no affiliation with the Burhani Medical Clinic,” Blodgett said in an email. “The U.S. prosecutor’s office has confirmed to us that there are no allegations of any activity involving St. Mary Mercy hospital in any way.”

The tale of the tape

Attar received his medical education at Maharaja Sayajirao University Faculty of Medicine in western India, according to the hospital’s website.

In a photo of Attar on the hospital’s website, the doctor is wearing a traditional Dawoodi Bohra white and gold cap.

The Burhani clinic has surveillance video. A sign on the clinic door during a visit Wednesday warned visitors that there is a closed-circuit video camera in operation.

Agents seized surveillance footage from Feb. 3, the day prosecutors allege Nagarwala mutilated the girls’ genitalia.

At 6:09 p.m., the footage shows Nagarwala arriving in the parking lot of Burhani Medical Clinic and meeting with Fakhruddin Attar.

Fakhruddin Attar is seen handing the doctor a white bag before both enter the clinic.

Minutes later, Farida Attar arrives at the clinic, followed by a woman and a girl, according to the complaint.

The mutilation was over within 17 minutes, according to the federal agent.

After the first girl and her mother left, a second girl and an adult woman arrived at the clinic.

The second victim and her mother were at the clinic for 20 minutes before leaving.

After the alleged procedure, the second girl was examined by a doctor who found the girl’s genitalia had a small cut and small tear.

The girl identified Nagarwala as the doctor who performed the procedure, the government alleges.

The second girl said two women were present during the procedure and that they held her hands through the alleged mutilation.

The girl “identified a photograph of (Farida Attar) as one of the women who held her hands,” the agent wrote in the complaint.

During questioning, the second girl’s parents confirmed they brought their daughter to see Nagarwala for a “cleansing” of extra skin, the agent added.

Medical examinations of the Minnesota victims after their visit to Metro Detroit showed abnormal genitalia that had scar tissue and small lacerations, investigators said. In one case, a section of a girl’s genitalia had been removed or altered, according to court records.

Investigators questioned Fakhruddin Attar on April 10. He said Nagarwala occasionally sees patients at his clinic, according to the complaint.

The patients are girls and members of the Dawoodi Bohra community, ages 6-9.

Fakhruddin Attar told investigators Nagarwala sees minor girls for “problems with their genitals, including treatment of genital rashes.”

Nagarwala only sees the patients when the clinic is closed on Fridays and Saturdays and performs the procedures for free, he added.

She sees patients at the clinic five or six times a year, he said.

There are more victims in Michigan, prosecutors allege.

On March 31, agents obtained a court order to listen to Nagarwala’s phone calls.

During one call, Farida Attar was heard advising parents of one Michigan child to deny to law enforcement that the procedures were being performed, according to the agent.

“Farida told the parent to completely deny the allegation, and to say that nothing has happened,” the agent wrote.

MICHIGAN MOSQUE BOSS BUSTED IN FGM CASE

MICHIGAN MOSQUE BOSS BUSTED IN FGM CASE

I wrote about this case earlier. A Muslim doctor was arrested for practicing FGM on little girls. FGM involves mutilating the private parts of little girls so that they can’t enjoy physical intimacy.

Operating out of a Livonia clinic, Jumana Fakhruddin Nagarwala abused unknown numbers of little girls. The end came when law enforcement traced calls to her from a Minnesota number.  Then they followed the trail to a hotel in Farmington Hills; a Michigan city at the center of an Islamic Center controversy.

It was Friday evening; the holy day of the Islamic week when Muslims are told to “leave off business” and “hasten to the remembrance of Allah.” That is what the two women leading two little girls to be mutilated thought that they were doing. Muslims believe that on Friday, angels stand outside the doors of mosques to record who shows up for prayer. But it was the hotel surveillance cameras that watched and recorded as the two little girls arrived, unaware of the horror that was about to happen to them.

The 7-year-old girl had been told that she was going to Detroit for a “special” girls’ trip. Instead her special trip turned into a nightmare. After the Muslim doctor allegedly mutilated her, she warned the child not to talk about what was done to her.

And now there are new developments.

Federal agents arrested a second doctor and his wife Friday in a widening conspiracy involving female genital mutilation and members of a Muslim sect.

Dr. Fakhruddin Attar is accused of letting Dr. Jumana Nagarwala perform mutilations at his Burhani Medical Clinic on Farmington Road. His wife, office manager Farida Attar, also was arrested and is accused of helping Nagarwala perform the mutilations, according to a 14-page complaint unsealed Friday in federal court

The complaint solves a mystery stemming from the case by pinpointing where Nagarwala allegedly mutilated two 7-year-old girls from Minnesota earlier this year. The complaint also describes a conspiracy involving at least Nagarwala, Attar and his wife — all three are members of the Dawoodi Bohra religious community based locally out of a Farmington Hills mosque.

Attar, 52, and his 50-year-old wife were arraigned in federal court Friday afternoon and ordered jailed until a detention hearing Wednesday. Both were dressed in the distinctive attire of Dawoodi Bohra members — he wore a white cap with gold trim, while his wife wore a long teal dress and head covering with pink fringe.

Nagarwala’s husband, Moiz Nagarwala, is listed as a leader of the Farmington Hills mosque, according to the mosque’s password-protected website, and records list him as having served as joint treasurer.

Attar has served as treasurer and a leader of the Farmington Hills mosque, according to the Anjuman-e-Najmi website.

It’s no surprise that the trail of this horror ends at a mosque. Despite claims otherwise, this is an Islamic issue. And, like so many other crimes committed in the name of Islam, they begin at the mosque.

MUTILATING LITTLE GIRLS IN MICHIGAN’S LITTLE PALESTINE

MUTILATING LITTLE GIRLS IN MICHIGAN’S LITTLE PALESTINE

A female genital mutilation horror in the Midwest.

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam.

Livonia, Michigan is known as Little Palestine. The Detroit suburb is famous for its anti-Israel meetings. You could go hear Mustafa Barghouthi, Omar Barghouti and Ali Abunimah without taking a long drive.

It’s also known for its shady doctors.

Dr. Murtaza Hussain was busted for letting unlicensed employees diagnose patients and write prescriptions. Dr. Waseem Alam and Dr. Hatem Ataya pleaded guilty in the nation’s largest Medicare fraud case totaling $712 million in false billings centering on Shahid Tahir, Muhammad Tariq and Manavar Javed’s Livonia medical firms. But what was going on at one Livonia clinic was far worse than the theft of millions. Anyone passing by at the right time could hear the screams of little girls.

We think of horrors like female genital mutilation as a terrible thing that happens over “there.” But as the implacable tide of Muslim immigration swept across Europe, “there” became the United Kingdom.

England recorded 5,700 cases of FGM in less than a year. France has jailed 100 people for FGM. An estimated 50,000 women in Germany have undergone FGM with a 30 percent boost due to the rise of Islamic migration in the last several years. In Sweden, it’s 38,000. And now, as American towns and cities are reshaped by Muslim migration, “there” is now right here. The terrible practice is in America.

Sweden was the first Western country to outlaw FGM. But despite the prevalence of FGM in Sweden, there have only been a handful of convictions. The United States banned FGM in 1997. A Federal report in 2012 warned that 513,000 women and girls in the United States were at risk for FGM.

Now after twenty years of the law’s existence, a Muslim doctor has become the first to be charged.

Operating out of a Livonia clinic, Jumana Fakhruddin Nagarwala abused unknown numbers of little girls. The end came when law enforcement traced calls to her from a Minnesota number.  Then they followed the trail to a hotel in Farmington Hills; a Michigan city at the center of an Islamic Center controversy.

It was Friday evening; the holy day of the Islamic week when Muslims are told to “leave off business” and “hasten to the remembrance of Allah.” That is what the two women leading two little girls to be mutilated thought that they were doing. Muslims believe that on Friday, angels stand outside the doors of mosques to record who shows up for prayer. But it was the hotel surveillance cameras that watched and recorded as the two little girls arrived, unaware of the horror that was about to happen to them.

The 7-year-old girl had been told that she was going to Detroit for a “special” girls’ trip. Instead her special trip turned into a nightmare. After the Muslim doctor allegedly mutilated her, she warned the child not to talk about what was done to her.

Then it was back to Minnesota.

The other little girl drew a picture of the room. And she drew an X on the examining room table to show where her blood had spilled. With pain radiating all the way down her body, the Muslim doctor who had abused her told her that she was fine.

And her parents told her not to tell.

It was early February. The temperature on that terrible day in Livonia fell as low as 12 degrees. By the next day, she was back in Minnesota, likely the “Little Mogadishu” in Minneapolis, where temperatures had cratered to 9 degrees.  The abused little girl could hardly walk. And in her pain and anguish, she left behind one of her gloves. The glove had her name on it. When the house of horrors in Livonia was finally raided, that solitary child’s glove was still there like a gruesome trophy.

The investigation turned back home to Michigan. Authorities found plenty of girls who had been abused by Jumana. And now she’s under arrest.

But the culture of silence still continues.

The criminal complaint is as circuitous as the entire culture of FGM. It relies heavily on euphemisms. The perpetrators and the girls at risk are referred to only as “members of a particular religious and cultural community”. What is this community? It must thereafter remain nameless.

Jumana is a “member of the community”. The family that delivered their little girls to Jumana is “part of the community in Minnesota”. What community? As the little girls from that nameless community in Minnesota were told, don’t talk about it. Don’t mention the community.

The full name of the perpetrator, Jumana Fakhruddin Nagarwala, is rarely used. Fakhruddin is far less ambiguous than the rest of her name. It comes from the Arabic and means “Pride in religion.”

That nameless religion practiced by the nameless community.

It isn’t the Swedes or Norwegians of Minnesota who mutilate their daughters. In Minnesota, it’s largely a Somali problem. Back home in Somalia, 98% of little girls have been mutilated. And the Somali Muslims who have migrated here in great numbers do their best to keep up the gruesome practice in America. The Hennepin County Medical Center, a hospital located in a place named after a Franciscan priest, has a special report on dealing with FGM that emphasizes cultural sensitivity.

It defines the “big hurdle” as, “Muslim (Somali) Culture: Value Acquiescence to Allah as supreme authority” and “American Culture: Value the supremacy of the individual”.

That’s certainly one way of defining it.

Just as Sweden was the first European country to ban FGM to little avail, Minnesota became the first state to ban FGM, also to little avail. As the Somali Muslims keep pouring in, 44,293 women and girls in the state face the threat of being mutilated. Some of the Somali settlers send their daughters back home to be abused. Others take a shorter trip to Michigan.

Which “community” is it that encompasses an Indian Muslim like Jumana and the likely Somali victims while operating in Little Palestine? It isn’t an ethnic community or even a religious one. It’s Islam.

But the official word is that FGM is a practice that occurs in “certain Christian, Jewish, and Muslim communities”. It is certainly unique to list a practice in reverse order of probability.

Stories on FGM occasionally quote some local cleric insisting that the practice has no foundation in Islam. That would come as news to the Hadith which quotes Mohammed as saying, “Circumcision is a law for men and a preservation of honour for women.”

This is the honor of Islam for which women are murdered and mutilated. And to preserve the honor of Islam, we are told to remain silent about it. It’s not only the abusers and the abused girls who maintain the culture of silence. It’s the authorities and the media that carefully step around the obvious.  Just as with Islamic terrorism, a refusal to name the problem makes it impossible to solve.

Jumana Fakhruddin Nagarwala made her court appearance wearing “a light-colored, matching dress and khimar, or veil that covered her head, neck and shoulders.”

The term is meaningless to the average American. As it’s meant to be.

The Khimar is a heavier Muslim head covering. The Koranic version that mentions it also casually references castrated male slaves. The drives behind the Khimar and FGM are not far apart. Both stigmatize women and enforce Islamic traditions of repression with brutal violence.

Islam’s honor originates from the repression of the “Other”. That includes non-Muslims and Muslim women. The girls brutalized on Jumana’s exam table were abused as part of an ancient tradition. Jumana took pride in her abuses because, as her name signifies, she takes pride in her religion.

If we truly want to end such abuses, we must take as much pride in our principles and values as monsters like Jumana do in her theirs.

Ayaan Hirsi Ali: ‘FGM was done to me at the age of five. Ten years later, even 20… I would not have testified against my parents’

Ayaan Hirsi Ali: ‘FGM was done to me at the age of five. Ten years later, even 20… I would not have testified against my parents’

 

The writer, ex-Muslim, polemicist and former Dutch MP Aayan Hirsi Ali is talking about why no one has been prosecuted in the UK for the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) — despite its illegality for almost 30 years.

“It was done to me at the age of five, and 10 years later, even 20 years later, I would not have testified against my parents,” she states. “It is a psychological issue. The people who are doing this are fathers, mothers, grandmothers, aunts. No little girl is going to send them to prison. How do you live with that guilt?”

Hirsi Ali has a formidable reputation. Exiled many times over, she is still the subject of an Islamic fatwa, or death edict, as a result of writing the globally controversial Dutch film Submission, whose director Theo van Gogh was murdered by an Islamic militant on an Amsterdam street in 2004. The note pinned to his chest with a knife said Hirsi Ali was next.

She has since won a hatful of European awards for promoting freedom of speech; spoken vehemently and divisively against multiculturalism, and confirmed an apparently Right-of-Centre political identity by marrying Leftie-baiting British historian Niall Ferguson, author of Civilisation and The Ascent of Money. Her svelte beauty is often noted.

Today, at 43, she lives in the US with Ferguson, whom she married in 2011, and their one-year-old son Thomas. But motherhood and a new tenure at Harvard have in no way diminished her desire to  provoke. Hirsi Ali backs wholeheartedly the Standard’s campaign against FGM, and the recent pledge of £35 million by the Government to “eradicate the problem within a generation” — but says awareness-raising and throwing money at the issue is not enough.

“The UK is something of an example to the rest of Europe at the moment,” she says. “It is leading on the issue of forced marriages right now, for instance, in terms of legislation and also enforcement. There are some good things. Maybe in the Anglo-Saxon world you sleep for a long time and then wake up and decide to really act, whereas on the Continent they just love to talk about it.

“But the issue with FGM cannot be solved by condemning it — everyone knows it is horrifying, a man-made epidemic and happening right under our noses. What is needed is a mechanism to detect FGM, and that is very, very controversial.”

Last week, the Standard reported that almost 66,000 women and girls living in the UK had suffered some form of genital cutting, often carried out by untrained family members with knives or razor blades, with a further 30,000 thought to be at risk. Freedom of Information requests revealed that more than 2,100 women had visited hospitals or clinics in London as a result of genital mutilation since 2006, and that more than 700 needed further treatment or surgery. A growing problem, FGM is often carried out on UK-born girls at about the age of five or six, though some are younger; and often happens during school holidays on visits to extended family in African countries where the practice is routine — most commonly, Somalia, Sierra Leone, Gambia, Nigeria, Eritrea and Sudan.

Hirsi Ali believes the only way to stop FGM is to check at-risk girls. An annual visual examination (“there is no need to touch”) by a female paediatrician or nurse would remove from school-age children the burden of telling a teacher or friend. Such a scheme, she claims, would “take the debate to the next level”.

“A detection mechanism like this would be the biggest deterrent because when the family says ‘Our little girl Fatima or Samira is now five or six, and shouldn’t we have her done?’ they will know that they can’t because in September every year, just as the school holidays end, she will be checked.

“You then need one or two prosecutions to set an example. It is the only model I can think of that will work. As long as there is no systematic control, there is no deterrence.”

But of course such an idea will provoke howls of protest. Surely it’s a gross invasion of the girls’ privacy; victimisation of families and communities; a presumption by the state of guilt rather than innocence; humiliating and unenforceable?

Hirsi Ali says she has heard all this before. “And we have to answer to our consciences. What is worse, the cutting itself or the method of detection? The debate has to happen. MPs and the British public have to be given a choice between two options — do nothing and let them be cut and live with it or have a detection system in place that stops it.

“Education campaigns do not work. Just talking to the mothers and grandmothers about why the practice is harmful is not convincing. They just tell their daughters to grit their teeth … The core of the problem for them is, who is going to  marry my daughter if I cannot verify she is a virgin?”

Later Hirsi Ali says FGM is a symptom of the “whole virginity obsession” within largely but not exclusively Muslim communities abroad, and sometimes here. Forced marriage, honour killings and child brides are similar horrors related to a “purity” required in women but not men. “Actually it should be a man’s campaign. Why do they need a virgin? Why do they need a woman whose genitals have been demolished? Is that the only way to express their manhood?”

Hirsi Ali’s past life, her very identity, are themselves matters of some dispute. Born in Somalia, the daughter of a leading figure in the Somalian revolution of the late Eighties, she fled the prospect of an arranged marriage to a man in Canada and instead sought asylum in Holland in 1992. There, she says: “I remember being processed and sent to a clinic because I was a refugee from a certain area, and being X-rayed to check for tuberculosis.”

She became an interpreter for social services, took a degree in political science and rose through the ranks of the Dutch political system; within 12 years of arriving in Europe, she was an MP in the Dutch parliament. Yet two years after Submission and the fatwa, amid questions over her original asylum application, she left Holland for a job at a Right-wing think-tank in Washington. She has since published two memoirs containing fierce criticism of Islam; a New York Times review of the second, Nomad, accused her of “feeding religious bigotry”.

Today Hirsi Ali refuses to talk about her relationship with Ferguson, who has three children with his former wife, British newspaper executive Sue Douglas — other than to say: “It’s fun. We always have fun. We wouldn’t be together if we didn’t.” Press speculation about the couple at the time of their getting together has left a bitter taste, you sense. The 24-hour security she still needs is reportedly paid for in the US by private donors — but must clearly have an effect on the spontaneity of family life.

She had her first child at 41 but says motherhood hasn’t changed the nature of her feminism at all. “The wonderful thing is to enjoy being a mother at this age. I don’t know whether I’d have enjoyed it so much had I been younger. As an older mother you are so much more aware that actually you chose to do this, and in the culture where I come from, it wouldn’t have been a choice but a fact, presented to me, when I was much younger.” Which betrays her non-Western origins more than anything, I think.

“If you’re a [Somali] girl growing up in London, you post your image on Facebook, you have friends and you talk about books and music, you are literally leading the life of the average British girl,” she continues. “And then you become a teenager and your sexuality starts to matter — and you start to become very, very conflicted. Because on the one hand you are aware of yourself as a sexual being, and of television and movies which talk about it in a Western way but on the other you think of yourself as this person who’s had something beautiful and essential taken away from you.”

The physical pain is one thing — but the psychological torment of living with FGM, says Hirsi Ali, speaking from experience, is also ruining the lives of so many girls in London.

Ayaan Hirsi Ali: Culture ‘Never An Excuse’ To Harm Girls With Genital Mutilation

Ayaan Hirsi Ali: Culture ‘Never An Excuse’ To Harm Girls With Genital Mutilation

Human rights activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali reacted to a Detroit surgeon being charged with genital mutilation of a young girl in the ER.

Ali, who was subjected to the grisly practice in Somalia, said Dr. Jumana Nagarwala must be punished for her alleged actions.

She said young girls are taken either overseas or to states without a ban on the practice to have their private parts surgically mutilated.

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