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WCD Minister Maneka Gandhi describes khatna, or FGM, as a “criminal offence” in India

Union Minister for Women and Child Development (WCD) Maneka Gandhi described khatna, or FGM, as a “criminal offence” in India. The WCD will send advisories to state governments stating that FGM is a violation of sections of the Indian Penal Code  and Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses Act.  Masooma Ranalvi, of SpeakOut, has had previous meetings with Minister Gandhi, to inform her of khatna in the Bohra community… View More


Indian Government declares FGM/Khatna illegal under existing laws

Union women and child development (WCD) minister Maneka Gandhi announced that khatna or FGM, is a criminal offence, and if the Bohra community “does not stop it voluntarily, the government will bring in a law to ban the… View More


Speak Out on FGM discusses khatna with CIRCA News

  Speak Out on FGM member, Zehra Patwa, spoke with Caroline McKee of CIRCA News:   “I called everyone and asked them what their experience was like, and I explained that I have no recollection whatsoever, and without fail, every story was painful,” said Patwa. “It was really painful, and… View 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… View More


Speak Out on FGM emphasizes the need for Bohras to break their silence on the issue in order to deal with it

In response to the recent arrest of Dr. Jumana Nagarwala, Bohra activist, Zehra Patwa, spoke to the Associated Press about her personal experience of khatna/FGM. She emphasized the need for Bohras to break their silence on the issue in order to deal with it saying, "Part of my campaigning is always, 'We have a problem within our… View More


Speak Out on FGM member breaks her silence

“They just made me lie down and they started cutting me with a blade,”  recalled Sulemanji, who remembers bleeding heavily and crying. “They told me, ‘Stop, stop. Don’t cry. Don’t tell anybody; this is a secret among women.’” Speak Out on FGM member, Alifya Sulemanji, talks to the… View More


Female genital mutilation prevalent among Bohras despite rising anger

Hyderabad: Victims of the barbaric practice of female genital mutilation in Mumbai have been speaking out about the practice that is prevalent among the Bohra community in India and others around the world. Both the United Nations and the National Commission for Women in India have taken note of this practice. February 6 was declared… View More


WeSpeakOut’s Masooma Ranalvi hailed as one of the “New Age Feminists of 2015”

  Dec 31, 2015: CNN News18, in their story “Ideas That Shaped 2015” included WeSpeakOut’s Masooma Ranalvi as one of the “New Age Feminists of 2015”. Ranalvi shared her story of khatna and described the petition to ban khatna, which went viral within 48 hours of it being… View More


Global Muslim Women’s Shura Council condemns FGM/C

The Global Muslim Women’s Shura Council, a council of Muslim women scholars, activists, and specialists, wrote this statement which “condemns female genital cutting as a harmful practice that violates the teachings of Islam and suggests ways to eliminate it."   Read the full report… View More