There is an outrage taking place in communities across America.

Its victims are young, helpless and voiceless – and the violence against them is growing and will continue to do so.

No one has stood up for them, spoken out for them or protected them.

To date, no one has dared to take a stand, punish the guilty and draw a line to say, “Not in America.”

It is too politically incorrect and insensitive to mention it, so people pretend it doesn’t exist.

It has many names – cutting, female circumcision, female genital mutilation, tradition, ritual, purification, religious requirement.

Using the initials, “FGM,” only masks the horror.

And although it has been illegal in the U.S. since 1996 and condemned by the U.N. for just as long, an estimated 513,000 women and girls had experienced FGM or were at risk as of 2012.

The procedure involves the removal of some or all of the external female genitalia by use of a blade, knife, razor, scissors, glass, sharpened rocks and even fingernails.

Usually, it is performed on little girls between birth and puberty.

Typically, no anesthesia is used.

It results in infection, tetanus, transmission of hepatitis and HIV, fatal bleeding, difficulty in childbirth and increased stillbirths.

There are no known medical benefits.

But at a time when increased immigration from countries where it is a religious or cultural imperative – Muslim countries, a resistance to criticize anything even remotely associated with the religion has led to a conspiracy of silence about the practice that has spiked in Britain and other places in Europe despite laws prohibiting it.

In an age when the fear of being branded an “Islamaphobe” has outweighed any sense of outrage about the pain, degradation, humiliation and danger little girls are subjected to – until now.

After a federal investigation, an emergency room physician in Detroit, Michigan was arrested on federal charges of performing the mutilation on two young girls, ages six and eight, as well as lying to an FBI agent.

Jumana Nagarwala, 44, admitted to knowing the procedure is illegal in the United States, but denied not only performing it, but also claimed she knew of no one within her Muslim community who did perform it.

The FBI didn’t believe her and talked to the girls.

According to the affidavit filed by the investigating agent, the girls said their parents had told them they were going on a “special girls’ trip,” and were able to relate details about the procedure, with one saying she, “screamed because it hurt all the way down to my ankles.”

The other girl said she was told it was done “to get the germs out.”

They told the FBI agent that they had been instructed not to tell anyone about what had been done to them.

An examination of the girls’ by an independent pediatrician confirmed that their genitals had been altered or removed.

“The Department of Justice is committed to stopping female genital mutilation in this country, and will use the full power of the law to ensure that no girls suffer such physical and emotional abuse,” the Department said in a statement.

In case there is any doubt as to the attitude the Trump Department of Justice has about the practice, Acting United States Attorney Daniel Lemisch had strong words.

“Female genital mutilation constitutes a particularly brutal form of violence against women and girls. It is also a serious federal felony in the United States. The practice has no place in modern society and those who perform FGM on minors will be held accountable under federal law.”

This week, feminists were quick to complain that the U.S. military’s GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb should not be referred to by the nickname “Mother of All Bombs” (MOAB) because it is sexist.

And a writer at the once-serious newspaper, The Washington Post, wrote an article charging that the air conditioning in the office was “another example of the patriarchy dominating an environment.” 

A fierce debate is being waged about whether it is cultural appropriation for white women to wear hoop earrings or have cornrow hair styles.

Women – and some men who attended the “Women’s March” the day after Donald Trump was inaugurated, wore knit hats approximately representing female genitalia – for no apparent reason other as a juvenile, gimmicky attention-getting stunt.

But in all the debate and anger and outrage about earrings and bathrooms and air conditioning and “pussy” hats, none of the women marching and chanting had a word to say about the little girls all over America enduring unspeakable abuse every day.

The FBI believes there could be more victims. They have set up a tip line for anyone who has any information pertaining to the illegal practices of FGM or Nagarwala. Please call 1-800-CALL-FBI (225-5984) or file an e-tip at FBI.gov/FGM.

 

 

 
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