April 21, 2017 12:17 PM
A Detroit doctor and his wife have been charged in an investigation of alleged genital mutilation of young girls in a Muslim sect.
Prosecutors filed conspiracy and other charges against Dr. Fakhruddin Attar, the owner of a suburban Detroit clinic where the alleged procedures were performed in February on two girls from Minnesota. His wife, Farida Attar, works at the climic as an office manager, according to court documents. She was also arrested and charged Friday.
Investigators say the couple knew Dr. Jumana Nagarwala was performing genital mutilation at the Livonia clinic after business hours. Farida Attar is accused of assisting Nagarwala.
According to court documents, video recorded outside the clinic Feb. 3 shows Nagarwala parking in the clinic's lot after business hours and Attar approaching her vehicle. The video shows Attar handing Nagarwala a white bag before they both enter the clinic together, the documents state.
The video also shows two young girls with two adult women entering the clinic at separate times the same evening.
The Attars will appear in court Friday. It's not known whether they have lawyers who could comment on the allegations. Nagarwala's attorney has said she performed a religious ritual, not genital mutilation.
The Attars and Nagarwala belong to a sect called Dawoodi Bohra.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Updated: April 21, 2017 12:17 PM
Created: April 21, 2017 12:01 PM
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