Women Watch Afrika (WWA), Inc. was sadden to learn about Dr. Jumana Nagarwala, the Detroit ER doctor, who was performing Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) on girls between the ages of 6 and 8 from her private office. WWA condemns this behavior and emphasizes its continuous efforts to eliminate the practice of FGM/C as part of its mission to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls.
FGM/C is a health issue, a form of gender-based violence, and it is against the law in the United States. Furthermore, FGM/C is a form of human rights abuse, as well as a form of child abuse. The procedure involves the complete or partial removal of the clitoris. Over 200 million women and girls have undergone a form of FGM/C. Sometimes, the practice takes place in United States, but more often, females are sent abroad to undergo FGM/C. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has estimated that over 500,000 women and girls in the United States are at risk of or have been subjected to FGM/C.
Please visit http://ijr.com/2017/04/847336-police-arrest-detroit-er-doctor-performing-female-genital-mutilations-private-office/?utm_source=email&utm_campaign=weekly-wrap&utm_medium=owned for the full news story on the situation and to read the filed federal court complaint against Dr. Jumana Nagarwala.
Author: Preye Cobham, Esq.