Fakhruddin Attar, 53, and his wife, Farida Attar, 50, of Livonia, were both arrested and have been charged with conspiring to perform female genital mutilations on minor girls out of Dr. Attar's medical clinic in Livonia.
Dr. Fakhruddin Attar is accused of letting Dr. Jumana Nagarwala perform mutilations at his Burhani Medical Clinic on Farmington Road. Nagarwala, Fakhruddin Attar, and Farida Attar are believed to be the first people charged under 18 USC 116, which criminalizes FGM.
According to court documents, video recorded outside the clinic February 3 shows Nagarwala parking in the clinic's lot after business hours and Attar approaching her vehicle. Farida Attar is accused of assisting Nagarwala.
Defense attorney Mary Chartier says Dr. Attar wasn't aware of any crimes.
Since news of the original charges came out, Nagarwala claimed that she wasn't actually cutting girls but performing a religious custom of the Dawoodi Bohra sect of Indian Muslims.
Nagarwala, Fakhruddin and Farida are believed to be the first people charged under federal USA law, which criminalises FGM.
The Attars were arrested this morning.
Congress passed a law in 1996 making it illegal to perform genital mutilation or cutting in the United States on anyone under than 18.
The captain said Livonia police booked Nagarwala after she was arrested April 12. The 7-year-old girls also are shown on surveillance video at the clinic, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Sara Woodward.
According to the complaint, some of the minor victims travelled interstate to have the procedure performed. Nagarwala then "pinched" her on the area of her body where she "goes pee", and that she was given a pad to wear in her underwear afterwards, according to the complaint. The girls had been taken to Nagarwala, who performed the procedure on the girls.
The World Health Organisation said female genital mutilation (FGM) comprises all procedures that involve partial or total removal of the external female genitalia, or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons.
Fakhruddin Attar did admit to authorities that Nagarwala used his clinic after hours "five or six times a year" to treat children for genital problems, "including genital rashes", the complaint stated. FGM is internationally recognized as a violation of the human rights of women and girls.
"The allegations against the defendant in this investigation are made even more deplorable, given the defendant's position as a trusted medical professional in the community", said Special Agent in Charge Steve Francis in a statement last week.