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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Campaigns

Bohra Men Speak Out Against FGM

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) also known as khatna is formally defined as the intentional, non-therapeutic physical modification of female genitalia. In lay terms it means cutting a part of the clitoris of a woman. In real life terms it means , young girl children aged 6-8 are beguiled with a lure of candy or some other… Read more ›

Not My Daughter

Bohras were asked to make a pledge to not cut their daughters and to allow them to reach their fullest potential without… Read more ›

In the News

Doctors in FGM case try to toss most serious charge

The lead defendants in the nation’s first female genital mutilation case moved late Wednesday to dismiss the most serious count against them, a sex charge punishable by up to life in federal prison. Dr. Jumana Nagarwala and Dr. Fakhruddin Attar want U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman to dismiss a conspiracy charge alleging they transported minors to Metro Detroit with the intent to engage in criminal sexual activity, according to… Read more ›

WeSpeakOut at the UN Human Rights Council meeting in Geneva

  Masooma Ranalvi, Convenor of WeSpeakOut, and Durga Nandini of Change.org spoke on a panel about FGM/C in India today at the United Nations Human Rights Council meeting in Geneva.  They were invited by the Global Alliance Against Female Genital Mutilation to… 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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Blog

WeSpeakOut reaches out to PM Modi on the International Day of the Girl

On 11 Oct 2017, the International Day of the Girl, WeSpeakOut urges PM Modi to spare a thought for the hundreds of girls in India from the Bohra community and some communities in Kerala which practice female genital mutilation known as khatna/khafz in order… Read more ›