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

My Voice Against Khafz/FGM Counts!

Be a part of the "My Voice Against Khafz/FGM" campaign by WeSpeakOut   WeSpeakOut has been working for the past 3 years to eliminate Khafz/FGM in the Bohra community. FGM is known as Khafz in the Bohra community and is equivalent to Type 1 or Type 4 FGM as… Read more ›

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 ›

In the News

Supreme Court questions practice of female genital mutilation

The Times of India NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Monday questioned the practice of female genital mutilation of minor girls in the Dawoodi Bohra Muslim community, saying it violates the bodlily "integrity" of a girl child. A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra was told by Attorney General K K Venugopal, representing the Centre,… Read more ›

Why should anyone's bodily integrity be compromised? SC asks in Female Genital Mutilation PIL

The Supreme Court today made observations in support of complete prohibition of Female Genital Mutilation. The Court has agreed to hear the petition calling for the same on July 16. A Bench of Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra and Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud was hearing a PIL seeking a complete ban on female genital mutilation. Senior Advocate Abhishek Manu… 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 expresses hope for the cause of elimination of FGM/khafz from India

  Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), also known as Khafz in the Bohra community, is a centuries old harmful traditional practice. WeSpeakOut, a collective of women from the community, have been working steadfastly for the last four years to eliminate FGM/Khafz by… 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.