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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Speak Out On FGM gets an opportunity to put the India story on the map at the global Ban FGM Conference in Rome, Italy

The BanFGM Conference, a high-level gathering called for by the Dakar Ministerial Sub-regional Consultation, was held in Rome from January 30th to February 1st, 2017, at the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and at the Italian Senate. The Conference was organized by No Peace Without Justice and the Inter-African Committee on Traditional Practices Affecting the Health of Women and Children, in partnership with… Read more ›

Each One, Reach One

  In partnership with Sahiyo, Speak Out on FGM launched the month-long Each One Reach One Campaign on February 6th 2016, to coincide with the UN's International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation. Its goals… 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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A Bohra woman’s open letter to PM Modi on freedom from Female Genital Mutilation

Masooma Ranalvi, convenor of We Speak Out pens a heartfelt open letter to PM Modi:   Dear Prime Minister Narendra Modi, It was heartwarming to hear you specially refer to the plight of Muslim women who suffer from the practice of triple talaq, which is anti-women, on Independence day. Our independence will always be incomplete if women are subjugated, raped, burnt and tortured in the name of custom,… Read more ›