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Supreme Court questions practice of female genital mutilation

The Times of India NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Monday questioned the practice of female genital mutilation of minor girls in the Dawoodi Bohra Muslim community, saying it violates the bodlily "integrity" of a girl child. A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra was told by Attorney General K K Venugopal, representing the Centre,… View More

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WeSpeakOut expresses hope for the cause of elimination of FGM/khafz from India

  Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), also known as Khafz in the Bohra community, is a centuries old harmful traditional practice. WeSpeakOut, a collective of women from the community, have been working steadfastly for the last four years to eliminate FGM/Khafz by… View More

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Why should anyone's bodily integrity be compromised? SC asks in Female Genital Mutilation PIL

The Supreme Court today made observations in support of complete prohibition of Female Genital Mutilation. The Court has agreed to hear the petition calling for the same on July 16. A Bench of Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra and Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud was hearing a PIL seeking a complete ban on female genital mutilation. Senior Advocate Abhishek Manu… View More

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Dear Minister Maneka Gandhi

Dear Minister Maneka Gandhi, what more proof do you need to accept that we have been subject to female genital mutilation? On 27 June, 2018, a press release by PIB , Government of India, WCD ministry said “female genital mutilation, stoning etc. are not practiced in India”. The release basically was to counter the claims about the dangers for women in India, made by a reuters poll on “the world's… View More

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My Voice Against Khafz/FGM Counts!

Be a part of the "My Voice Against Khafz/FGM" campaign by WeSpeakOut   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 community and is equivalent to Type 1 or Type 4 FGM as… View More

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Dawoodi Bohra Survey Sets Alarm Bells Ringing

An ongoing survey about the religious practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) or khatna/khafz is raising the hackles of women in the Dawoodi Bohra community. Three female doctors allegedly belonging to the Dawoodi Bohra Women for Religious Freedom (DBWRF) – a self-proclaimed group campaigning for religious freedom – have… View More

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Union Government states that FGM/C/Khatna/Khafz is a crime under Indian law and WeSpeakOut's intervention plea admitted by Supreme Court

A statement by our founder, Masooma… View More

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Women and Child Rights Movement Condemns Unequivocally the Recent Spate of Sexual Violence on Young Girls

STATEMENT OF THE WOMEN’S AND CHILD RIGHTS MOVEMENT CONDEMNING UNEQUIVOCALLY THE RECENT SPATE OF SEXUAL VIOLENCE ON YOUNG GIRLS IN KATHUA AND UNNAO-15 APRIL, 2018 Read the statement in Hindi here. We, the… View More

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WeSpeakOut marches to call for end to FGM in India on March 8

A large collective of Womens Rights organisations came together this year to plan and celebrate International Women's Day on 8th March, 2018, by marching together in Delhi from Mandi House to Jantar Mantar to highlight the issues of women. The issues focused on by the multitude of organisations were: Socio-Economic… View More

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WeSpeakOut discusses Gender and Policy in India at the School of Policy and Governance

School of Policy and Governance (SPG) invited WeSpeakOut’s Masooma Ranalvi to present at the SPG's executive education program entitled… View More