A federal judge has dropped one of multiple charges against a Shia Muslim doctor in Detroit who is accused of mutilating the genitalia of five girls ranging in age from 7 to 11.
The judge said a “prohibited criminal act” is not the same as “criminal sexual activity,” reported WDIV-TV in Detroit report.
Jumana Nagarwala was charged, along with Fakhruddin Attar, following accusations the doctors performed the mutilations on the young girls, a practice they allege is part of the religious practice of Shia Islam.
The judge, Bernard Friedman, was condemned by Elizabeth Yore, a lawyer and the head of the non-profit group End FGM Today.
“We are very disappointed and troubled by the court’s dismissal of Count 6 of the indictment,” Yore said in a statement Monday. “The court, inThis post was originally published on this site