The lawyer for Dr. Jumana Nagarwala says the Northville doctor, accused of mutilating the genitalia of two 7-year-old girls, is being persecuted for her religious beliefs.

"Absolutely," Shannon Smith, who represents Dr. Jumana Nagarwala, told reporters in federal court Thursday.

Smith spoke hours after Nagarwala was fired from her job as an emergency room physician at Henry Ford Health System, and after Nagarwala was arraigned on charges that could send her to prison for life.

Henry Ford Health System fired Nagarwala one day after she was indicted by a grand jury for allegedly mutilating the girls' genitalia and conspiring to cover up the crime.

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