Michigan doctor to stay in jail in genital mutilation case

Source: Associated Press


DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit-area doctor charged with performing genital mutilation on girls from a Muslim sect will remain in jail while she awaits trial after a judge on Wednesday expressed concern that she might try to flee the country.

U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman took note of the roughly three dozen people who were in court to support Dr. Jumana Nagarwala. But he said it’s a “double-edged sword,” suggesting they might help her try to leave the U.S.

“I’m not so sure I can come up with a solution,” Friedman said.

Nagarwala is accused of cutting at least six girls at a clinic in suburban Detroit, including two girls from Minnesota. The doctor denies that she committed a crime and says she performed a religious custom from her Muslim sect, the India-based Dawoodi Bohra.

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