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

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 ›

Speak Out on FGM drafts a legal framework for an anti-FGM law in India with the Lawyers' Collective

This paper was written by Indira Jaising and the team from the Lawyers Collective Women’s Rights Initiative and Masooma Ranalvi of Speak Out on FGM, in 2016-17 and was published in March 2017. It argues that FGM/C, because of its specific nature and consequences, is a violation of… Read more ›

In the News

US Genital Mutilation Scandal Widens to Include Mothers

June 21, 2017  “Two mothers were indicted Wednesday and accused of participating in a widening conspiracy....Arif and Dahodwala were arraigned in federal court Wednesday, ordered to wear GPS tethers and released on $10,000 unsecured bonds. The women, whose ages and hometowns were not available, are not U.S. citizens and were ordered to surrender their Indian passports.”   Read… Read more ›

Mosque denies paying for FGM

The Farmington Hills mosque whose members have been charged in a female genital mutilation scandal denied allegations Wednesday that it paid to have the procedure performed on girls. In a letter, the Anjuman-e-Najmi mosque called the accusation, made during a custody hearing Tuesday by attorney Cynthia Nunez, false.   Read more… 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

Each One Reach One 2 Sister Brother Conversation Guide

Each One Reach One 2 - Day 25  Sister Brother conversation guide Family is a good place to start the conversation about khatna. They are your support when you make important choices in life. Brothers can be confidantes at times on things that are difficult to explain or rationalize with your parents. Here… 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.