What is Khatna?

In the Bohra community, khatna is equivalent to Type I or Type IV FGM as classified by the World Health Organization. The actual practice, as described in Daim ul Islam, is the removal of the prepuce tissue off the clitoris.

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Our mission

We will strive to work for equal rights for Bohra women in all spheres of life. Specifically, on FGM, we all agree that the practice has no place in our lives and want it banned.

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Campaigns

Open Letter to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Dear Prime Minister Modi, On this World Day for the Prevention of Child Abuse, we are writing to urge you to issue a statement that Female Genital Mutilation (also known as FGM, khatna or female genital cutting) is illegal in India. We request that the Government of India issue advisories,… Read more ›

Reach out efforts to all Bohra leaders to eradicate khatna

Over the last two years, we have been criticized heavily for not reaching out to the Bohra religious leadership to discuss the practice of khatna. However, since February 2016, we have contacted various Bohra leaders but have received mostly silence in response. Interestingly, when people have stated that we are not following the correct process for bringing up a topic with the clergy, we have asked for help from them to get that organized.… Read more ›

In the News

WeSpeakOut facilitates discussion at EndFGM conference in Brussels

Masooma Ranalvi was invited to attend the EndFGM European Network's Forum to Build Bridges on FGM on November 28. 2017. She facilitated a… Read more ›

Campaigners against FGM call upon UNHRC to address issue

  Mumbai, Sep 23 (PTI) A group of campaigners against the female genital mutilation (FGM) prevalent in some communities in India, has called for stopping the practice and urged the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to address the issue. Significantly, the issue was taken up for discussion, the first time ever, at a side event at the 36th Regular session of the UNs Human Rights Council (HRC) in Geneva on… Read more ›

The Speak Out Movement

Masooma Ranalvi still recalls the day, at age 7, when she was taken to dirty apartment in Bhindi Bazaar in Mumbai with the promise of ice cream. The horror of that day remained with her as a shameful secret until, in college, she was able to put a name to her experience: female genital mutilation.

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Blog

WeSpeakOut reaches out to PM Modi on the International Day of the Girl

On 11 Oct 2017, the International Day of the Girl, WeSpeakOut urges PM Modi to spare a thought for the hundreds of girls in India from the Bohra community and some communities in Kerala which practice female genital mutilation known as khatna/khafz in order… Read more ›

Khatna harms our girls

In the Bohra community, khatna is equivalent to Type I or Type IV FGM as classified by the World Health Organization. The actual practice, as described in Daim ul Islam, is the removal of the prepuce tissue off the clitoris.