WASHINGTON: A US Federal Justice has dismissed fresh charges against an Indian-origin doctor accused of circumcising girls. This is the first case of its kind in America. According to the report of ‘The Detroit News’, Dr. Jumna Nagarwala was accused of conspiring to illegally circumcise two seven-year-old girls from Minnesota, these allegations were appealed by the doctor.
It is believed to be the first case of circumcision in the US and came to light in April 2017, when Nagarwala was arrested and charged with a conspiracy that lasted 12 years. Justice Bernard Friedman dismissed the fourth case filed in the case, saying it appeared to be a vendetta allegation.
Nagarwala is accused of circumcising nine girls at a Detroit clinic. However, he has denied having committed any such offence. He has said that she was just performing religious rituals. The girls who were circumcised were from Illinois, Michigan and Minnesota. She and three others were charged under the Female Genital Mutilation (FGM- circumcision) Act passed by Parliament in April 2017. Justice Friedman dismissed the allegations in 2018, calling the law unconstitutional.
In the same case, in March 2021, Dr Nagarwal was accused of making false statements and tampering with evidence in front of federal authorities. Justice Friedman ordered the charges to be dismissed in a ruling on Tuesday, terming the recent changes to the case “clearly wrong and a sign of retaliation.”