(DETROIT, MI) – A Detroit physician and his wife were arrested this morning and charged by criminal complaint unsealed today for their alleged participation in a conspiracy that involved performing female genital mutilations on minors.
Fakhruddin Attar, MD, 53, and his wife, Farida Attar, 50, both of Livonia, MI, are charged with conspiring to perform female genital mutilations on minor girls out of Fakhruddin Attar’s medical clinic in Livonia.
According to the complaint, some of the minor victims traveled interstate to have the procedure performed. The complaint alleges that the FGM procedure was performed on girls who were approximately six to eight years old.
Both defendants were arrested this morning and are scheduled to appear in federal court in Detroit this afternoon.
The defendants are alleged to have conspired with Jumana Nagarwala, MD, who was arrested in Detroit on April 12, and ordered detained on April 17, pending trial. Nagarwala, Fakhruddin Attar, and Farida Attar are believed to be the first people charged under 18 USC 116, which criminalizes FGM.
A complaint is merely an allegation and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.
The FBI’s Detroit Field Division has set up a tip line for anyone who has information pertaining to the illegal practice of FGM or Dr Jumana Nagarwala, Fakhruddin Attar, or Farida Attar at 1-800-CALL-FBI (225-5984). To submit an e-tip, visit online.