Dershowitz to defend FGM practitioners

Alan Dershowitz Joins Legal Team Defending Female Genital Mutilation on Religious Freedom Grounds
by Jillian Kay Melchior
June 2, 2017

High-priced defense attorney Alan Dershowitz has joined the legal team for three Michigan residents accused of conducting female genital mutilation on two young Minnesota girls. This is the first such case prosecuted in the United States. The defense team is expected to make a two-pronged argument, saying that what happened to the girls does not qualify as “female genital mutilation” but was instead “legal and benign.” Moreover, they are expected to argue that the practice is constitutionally protected as a religious practice…World Health Organization said the practice  [FGM]has no health benefits. And according to the 11-page complaint filed against Nagarwala, one of the seven-year-old girls described screaming, feeling “pain all the way down to her ankle” and scarcely being able to walk after the procedure. READ MORE

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