'We would never support or condone anything related to this practice.' In a court filing, the FBI says Nagarwala denied performing genital mutilation.
The FBI also says the doctor is a member of a 'cultural community' that believes in the practice.
Attorney Shannon Smith says Nagarwala scraped off mucous membranes from the genitals of two Minnesota girls in February and then handed the gauze containing the skin to the family for burial.
Smith says Nagarwala, an emergency room doctor at Henry Ford Health System, is a member of the Dawoodi Bohra community, a Gujarati-speaking Muslim sect concentrated mostly in India. Despite Nagarwala's protestations of innocence, Magistrate Judge Mona Majzoub ordered the doctor held in jail without bond at the conclusion of the 90-minute hearing, saying she's a danger to the public and a flight risk.
The judge also asked why the doctor handed the girls pads, presumably to absorb bleeding, as alleged by the prosecution, to which Smith replied that the feminine hygiene products were given to soak up iodine that was used during the procedure, not blood.Nagarwala is a US citizen who was born in Washington DC and currently resides in Northville, Michigan, with her husband, Moiz Yusuf Nagarwala, 48, who works at Visteon Corporation, an 'automotive electronics supplier'.A child forensic interviewer talked to one of the alleged victims of FGM from Minnesota, who said she was brought to Detroit with a second girl for a 'special girls' trip,'according to the FBI.The practice has no place in modern society and those who perform FGM on minors will be held accountable under federal law'.'According to the complaint, despite her oath to care for her patients, Dr.Female genital mutilation is the practice in which some or all of the female genitals are removed, typically with a blade or a razor and sometimes without anesthesia.