A Detroit federal judge dismissed charges against two doctors regarding a victim of female genital mutilation, according to the Associated Press.
Doctors Jumana Nagarwala and Fakhruddin Attar were dismissed of conspiracy in transporting a minor with the intent of criminal activity by U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman on Sunday.
According to Friedman, prosecutors have observed that these girls were not subject to “libidinal gratification” that was “sought or obtained” due to genital mutilation.
The doctors still face other charges. Dr.’s Nagarwala and Attar are accused of conducting FGM on girls at Attar’s clinic in Livonia, which is located near Detroit.
Nagarwala contends she has not committed a crime, and that she proceeded on these girls in correlation with religious custom of her Muslim sect.
Female genital mutilation, also known as female circumcision, removes in part or in full external parts of female genitalia, and it typically occurs to girls and young women before marriage. It is common in African countries, including Egypt and central Africa, as well as Yemen, Iraq, and Indonesia.