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

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… Read 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… 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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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… Read more ›