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Doctor Accused Of Mutilating Female Genitalia Freed From Michigan Jail

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A Shia Muslim doctor accused of mutilating the genitalia of countless women was released from a Michigan jail Tuesday.

“She’s obviously really happy to be getting out, especially right before Thanksgiving,” lawyer Shannon Smith told The Detroit News.

Dr. Jumana Nagarwala was released on a $4.5 million unsecured bond Tuesday after she had spent seven months in jail. The sum is the largest unsecured bond in Detroit federal court history, according to the outlet.

“Among other things, Nagarwala digitally manipulated and penetrated the genitals of young girls with her hands and a cutting instrument to remove portions of their clitorises, clitoral hoods, and/or labia minora,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Sara Woodward wrote regarding the case. “Nagarwala performed the procedure in secret, knowing that it was illegal and medically unnecessary.”

Eight others have also been charged in a 12-year conspiracy to cut female genitalia. These doctors, including Nagarwala, are members of the Muslim sect, Dawoodi Bohra, for whom female genitalia mutilation is customary. Prosecutors estimate that roughly 100 girls have had their genitalia mutilated during the conspiracy.

Dawoodi Bohra community members told prosecutors that genital mutilation is most often performed to curb sexual pleasure and promiscuity, and to suppress female sexuality according to court results obtained by Detroit News.

Nagarwala will live in an unnamed hotel where her father will act as the legal guardian, providing 24 hour watch until a final court hearing in approximately two weeks.

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