We’ve been following the case in suburban Detroit of a mother charged with subjecting her daughter to genital cutting. She now wants her GPS tether removed, claiming it irritates her skin and makes for uncomfortable conversations with her children, according to court documents filed Tuesday in the historic case. The irony in this isn’t lost on us. Her daughter will be uncomfortable for the rest of her life because of what her mom did…Her mom is now making a claim that the tether she has to wear is physically uncomfortable and causes irritation to the skin. Wow! The federal case is scheduled for June and she’s supposed to wear the tether until then:


The doctors involved in the female genital mutilation are claiming they only “scraped” the young girls in the genital area as a religious ritual. The young girls testified differently and it has been proven that much more damage was done to the girls. The lawyers for the defendants are going to try to say this is a case of religious freedom and that they should be able to practice this “cutting”. The truth is that this is a horrific practice that scars a young girl forever. The cases of female genital mutilation have drastically increased in the U.S. with the flood of Muslims coming in the past few years. MICHIGAN IS NO EXCEPTION …


The Oakland County mother wants a judge to order the gadget removed from her ankle, arguing it “serves no practical purpose and there is no reason to continue wearing it for the next eight months.”

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Among her issues with the tether is that it “can never be removed — even while showering, bathing and sleeping,” and it’s “physically uncomfortable and causes irritation to the skin,” the woman’s lawyer, Brian Legghio, wrote in the court filing.

More importantly, Legghio wrote, the tether is “unnecessarily intrusive” for the West Bloomfield mom.

“It’s visual presence and it’s intermittent beeping requires (her) to explain to her 8-year-old and 5-year-old children why their mother must wear an electronic bracelet on her ankle,” Legghio wrote, stressing the woman “has no prior criminal record whatsoever,” poses no threat to the community and can be trusted not to flee.

Legghio described his client as a stay-at-home mom whose daily routine consists of caring for her family, tending to her home, taking her kids to school events and attending prayer at her mosque, all of which occur within 20 miles of her home.

Prosecutors have not yet weighed in on the request, though they had previously argued against letting the mother leave the house. Prosecutors had requested the mother be placed on home detention, but a judge denied it the request and placed her on a tether instead.

The case involves eight defendants, including two doctor’s, a physician’s wife and four mothers -— all of them accused of participating in various degrees of subjecting young girls to genital cutting as part of a religious practice within their Indian Muslim sect. The typical age for the procedure is seven, according to members of the religious group.

Prosecutors believe as many as 100 minor girls may have been subjected to the procedure at a Livonia clinic over the last 12 years in what is the first genital mutilation case in the country.

Two Oakland County moms charged with subjecting daughters to genital cutting

The case surfaced in April with the indictment of Dr. Jumana Nagarwala, a now-fired emergency room physician at Henry Ford who is charged with performing the procedure on two Michigan girls and two Minnesota girls at the Livonia clinic. The clinic owner and his wife, Dr. Fakuruddin Attar and Farida Attar, have also been charged.

All eight defendants are members of the Dawoodi Bohra — a small Indian Muslim sect with a mosque in Farmington Hills that practices female circumcision and believes it is a religious rite of passage.

Genital mutilation is illegal in the U.S. and has been condemned worldwide.


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