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

Conviction overturned in Australia's first FGM case

A mother, a former registered nurse and Sydney Islamic sect leader convicted in Australia's first female genital mutilation court case — seen as a breakthrough in prosecuting the crime — have been acquitted by an appeal court. Shabbir Vaziri, a head cleric and spiritual leader in the Dawoodi Bohra community, was found guilty of being an accessory for directing members to lie about the practice of 'khatna', a procedure involving… Read more ›

Supreme Court: "Women do not live only for a marriage and a husband"

Read the Navbharat Times article in… 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

Doctor of 27 years in Godhra shares his experience of patients who have undergone FGM/Khafz

Dr. Sujaat Vali, of Godhra, Gujarat, discusses what he and his colleagues have seen with girls and women who have undergone FGM/Khafz in… 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.