What is Khatna?

In the Bohra community, khatna is equivalent to Type I or Type IV FGM as classified by the World Health Organization. The actual practice, as described in Daim ul Islam, is the removal of the prepuce tissue off the clitoris.

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Our mission

We will strive to work for equal rights for Bohra women in all spheres of life. Specifically, on FGM, we all agree that the practice has no place in our lives and want it banned.

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In the News

A Doctor's Perspective on Khatna

Dr. Sujaat Vali, a Gynaecologist based in Godhra, examined 20 of his Bohra patients to determine the effects of khatna (also known as Type I FGM/C).   Read more here>   Read the complete study report… Read more ›

News media reacts to release of qualitative research study

New Groundbreaking National Research on Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) in India marks International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM by Lakshmi Anantnarayan, Shabana Diler and Natasha Menon WeSpeakOut, the largest survivor-led movement to end Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) amongst Bohras in… Read more ›

The Speak Out Movement

Masooma Ranalvi still recalls the day, at age 7, when she was taken to dirty apartment in Bhindi Bazaar in Mumbai with the promise of ice cream. The horror of that day remained with her as a shameful secret until, in college, she was able to put a name to her experience: female genital mutilation.

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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… Read more ›