Dr. Jumana Nagarwala had performed genital mutilation on girls aged six, eight and twelve, according to police.
The investigations had been initiated based on a tip-off the authorities had received. If the doctor is found guilty of the charge of performing female genital mutilation, she could face life imprisonment.
Female Genital Mutilation was declared illegal in America in 1996.
According to reports, Nagarwala who had met with investigators had denied all charges levelled against her.
However, Dr. Nagarwala is alleged to have performed horrifying acts of brutality on the most vulnerable victims, according to the acting U.S. assistant attorney general. They allege that the doctor had told her patients who had visited her for this horrific operation to keep it a secret.
A programme to inform the public against female genital mutilation
Nagarwala heard the allegations during a brief appearance in U.S. District Court and was returned to jail to await another hearing Monday. Prosecutors want to keep her locked up without bond.
“Female genital mutilation is a cruel practice that still occurs in the United States. Female genital mutilation of minors is illegal in the U.S. unless there's a legitimate health reason. However in this modern society, there is no room for such brutal practices and those found performing such acts will be punished,” said Attorney Danielle Lemish.
Two hundred million girls:
Female genital mutilation was first heard in a US court in 2006, when an Ethiopian national was sentenced to ten years imprisonment for subjecting his daughter’s genitals to mutilation with the aid of a scissor.
In 2012 American authorities said around 500,000 young girls were either subjected to genital mutilation or facing the danger of being subjected to genital mutilation.
The World Health Organization said the practice of removing or injuring female genital organs is being performed on more than 200 million women and girls in 30 countries including Egypt and Ethiopia.