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FGM/C survivors respond to letter supporting the act of khatna in Detroit

19 FGM/C survivors responded to a letter to the editor of the Detroit News by several women from the Detroit Bohra community who stated: To be clear, we members of the Bohra faith are proud and patriotic American citizens who obey every law of the land — even those with which we disagree. We firmly believe that a practice that is harmless, far less invasive than male circumcision, and much more akin to a body piercing… View More

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Does the US Congress have the right to make FGM illegal?

A discusson of the Constitutional issues surrounding the striking down of the federal FGM law in the United States.   More to… View More

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WeSpeakOut's statement on the Michigan court decision

WeSpeakOut is extremely disappointed that a judge in Michigan has struck down a 22-year old federal anti-FGM law in the United States. In some parts of the Bohra community, it is being hailed as a victory by the pro-fgm campaigners, when clearly it is not. On November 20, 2018, the Eastern District Court of Michigan declared the federal anti-FGM statute in the U.S. unconstitutional. The order was made on a technical… View More

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Michigan Judge dismisses female genital mutilation charges in historic case

In a major blow to the federal government, a judge in Detroit has declared America's female genital mutilation law unconstitutional, thereby dismissing the key charges against two Michigan doctors and six others accused of subjecting at least nine minor girls to the cutting procedure in the nation's first FGM case. The historic case involves minor girls from Michigan, Illinois and Minnesota, including some who cried, screamed… View More

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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… View More

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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… View More

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WeSpeakOut's statement on the Supreme Court decision

Today. the Supreme Court bench headed by CJI Dipak Mishra, Justice Chardrachud and Justice Khanwilkar referred the Female Genital Mutilation case to a constitution bench. WeSpeakOut, an NGO of survivors of FGM, are hugely disappointed with the decision as it will now mean more delay in getting a verdict on the… View More

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Roundtable: Eliminating FGM/Khafz in India by 2030

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

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The "pleasure" argument

Until recently, khatna/khafz proponents argued that khatna was about removing the "haraam ki boti" (sinful flesh) and making women "naik" (ritually pure). Now the same people are saying that cutting the clitoral hood exposes the clitoris, making sex more pleasurable for… View More

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Joint Statement: “Eliminating Harmful Practices, Meeting SDG Commitments - Roundtable on FGM/C/Khafz in India”

                                      Joint Statement The participants of the event, ‘Eliminating Harmful Practices, Meeting SDG Commitments: Roundtable on FGM/Khafz in India’, jointly issue this Declaration.… View More