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   Click here to Listen to Voices Against Khafz/FGM   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… 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

India Supreme Court case update: FGM PIL referred to a constitution bench

On September 24, 2018, a bench of Chief Justice of India, Dipak Misra, and justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud referred the FGM PIL to a constitution bench. This decision was taken after six months of extensive hearings, and immediately after the attorney general KK Venugopal asked for the matter to be referred to a larger bench, despite… Read more ›

Roundtable: Eliminating FGM/Khafz in India by 2030

  Held on July 30, 2018, New Delhi   Despite Female… 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

Time for India's Government to Back up its Words with Concrete Action: It Must Ban FGM/Khafz

In recognition of International Day of the Girl Child on 11 October, 2018, we, the undersigned women’s groups and individuals, stand in support of the survivors who are bravely speaking out against the practice, and join them in calling on the Indian Government to take immediate action against the practice of… 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.