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

Masooma Ranalvi speaks to Harinder Baweja of the Hindustan Times

In her first live interview, Masooma Ranalvi, convenor of Speak Out on FGM, describes her experience with khatna and the activist movement she started with Hainder Baweja of the Hindustan… Read more ›

Experiences of Bohra khatna survivors who were among the first to help break the silence in the Indian media

These articles, written in December 2015, highlight the experiences of Bohra khatna survivors. They were among the first to help break the silence about this secretive cultural practice in the Indian media after Bohras came into the spotlight following the guilty verdict of 3 people in Sydney, Australia that same… 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 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 ›