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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 to go… View More

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Indian Medical Association's Statement on Female Genital Mutilation in India

Read below the Indian Medical Association's statement on Female Genital Mutilation on 9 August,… View More

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New charges in Detroit FGM case

Detroit — Federal prosecutors filed new charges in the nation's first case involving female genital mutilation, accusing one doctor of mutilating three more prepubescent girls and alleging one girl was drugged. The new charges bring to a total of nine girls from three states who prosecutors say underwent the illegal procedure at a Livonia medical clinic since 2015. The indictment was filed one week after The… View More

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Detroit Genital mutilation case revs up amid grand jury activity

Detroit — As many as six members of a Muslim sect from India were questioned by a federal grand jury Wednesday as prosecutors pursue more criminal charges involving new girls in the nation's first female genital mutilation case. The grand jury appearances by members of the Dawoodi Bohra community come as defense… View More

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Supreme Court has no say in female genital mutilation, says Abhishek Manu Singhvi

New Delhi: Female genital circumcision (FGC) is an integral aspect of religious practice of the Dawoodi Bohra community for over 1,000 years and the court cannot interfere with this faith, senior counsel Abhishek Manu Singhvi, argued in the Supreme Court on Monday. Making this submission before a three judge Bench comprising the Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A.M. kanwilkar and D.Y. Chandrachud hearing… View More

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Mumbai: Bohra Non-Profit Organisation Starts Audio Campaign To Speak Out Against FGM

WeSpeakOut, a non-profit organisation fighting for the rights of Dawoodi Bohra Muslims, has started an audio campaign against female genital mutilation (FGM), appealing to community members to speak about their experiences. Over the last month, it has received over 40 responses from both women and men from various parts of India and abroad on the controversial topic. The campaign is called 'My voice against khafz/FGM counts'. The audio posts… View More

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The ‘religious’ practice of female genital mutilation is inhumane

The Supreme Court, in a hearing of a PIL filed against the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) among the Dawoodi Bohra Muslim group, said that just because the practice dates back to the 10th century AD, it can’t be declared an “essential religious practice”. FGM is the practice of partially or completely removing the clitoral hood. In India, it is largely limited to the Dawoodi Bohras and some other Muslim groups in Kerala… View More

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FGM leaves permanent emotional scar on Dawoodi Bohra girls says Supreme Court

The Supreme Court today said the female genital mutilation (FGM) of minor girls of… View More

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FGM case in Australia becomes Mumbai's talking point

A case related to female genital mutilation (FGM) in Australia has become a talking point in the city. This comes after an Australian appeal court overturned the conviction of three people accused of FGM. The appeals court ruling in Australia has created a ripple like it did when it has convicted three people. The appeal verdict comes even as the Supreme Court is hearing a matter on FGM. Two years ago, three people were convicted of… View More