A Detroit-area doctor charged with mutilating the genitals of young girls in violation of federal law walked out of jail Tuesday a free woman as her lawyer was able to arrange the largest unsecured-bond in the history of the Detroit-area federal court.
Dr. Jumana Nagarwala, 44, a member of a Shia Muslim sect that practices a form of female genital cutting, posted a $4.5 million unsecured bond after more than 15 friends and family members put their homes and other assets on the line. If she flees, they will lose their property.
Most of those who pledged their assets are believed to be fellow members of the Dawoodi Bohra, a sect within the Ishmaelite community of Shia Muslims.
There are 22 Dawoodi Bohra mosques across the United States.