Female genital mutilation is a religious right claim lawyers in first US case on the practice

Two doctors and one of their wives charged with subjecting two seven-year-old girls to genital cutting.

Defence lawyers will argue female genital mutilation is a religious right in the first ever federal case on the practice in the US.

Two Detroit doctors and one of their wives have been charged with subjecting two seven-year-old girls to genital cutting.

The defendants are part of a religious and cultural community called Dawoodi Bohra, an Islamic sect based in India, which is accused of practicing FGM.

It is the first federal case of its kind in the US, where FGM was banned in 1996.

Dr Jumana Nargarwala, 44, is alleged to have carried out the practice on young children for 12 years.

Dr Fakhruddin Attar, 53, is accused of letting Nargarwala use his clinic to carry out the procedure, while his wife Farida Attar, 50, is accused of holding the hands of at least two victims during the cutting procedures to comfort them…

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