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"

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Defense in Detroit, Michigan, case attacks female genital mutilation charges

Three doctors accused of cutting the genitalia of prepubescent girls want key charges dismissed, arguing that a law banning female genital mutilation is unconstitutional. The request, filed Friday in federal court, is the first legal challenge to a 22-year-old law that went unused until April… Read more ›

SC slams FGM practice in Dawoodi Bohra Muslim community

The Supreme Court today questioned the prevalent practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) of minor girls in… Read more ›

10-year old Somali girl dies after undergoing FGM

A 10-year-old girl in central Somalia has died after undergoing female genital mutilation (FGM), prompting calls from campaigners to criminalise the internationally condemned practice in a country with the world's highest rates. The girl was taken by her mother to a traditional circumciser on July 14. The procedure left her bleeding and she… Read more ›

Times of India Blog: Female Genital Mutilation: A millennial crime

by Lalita Nijhawan   It is commonplace knowledge that Islam preaches circumcision, a form of male genital mutilation as a tenet and a sacrament of Islamic practices however little do people know about the equally practiced female genital mutilation. Under the garb of sacrosanct religious diktats, the Dawoodi Bohra community is obstinate to continue the sublime horror of FGM (Female Genital mutilation) The Bohra high… Read more ›

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,… Read more ›

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… Read more ›

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… Read more ›

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… Read more ›

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