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

Bohra reform movement discusses FGM for the first time

In a historic move, at the two-day 15th All World Dawoodi Bohra Conference organized in Udaipur on 11 and 12 March, 2017, hundreds of members of the Bohra community discussed the hidden and still prevalent practice of Khatna/ Female Gental Mutilation (FGM) and challenged its validity for… Read more ›

Bohra women against female genital mutilation: Survey in Mumbai

More than 70% women from the Dawoodi Bohra community answered an online survey where they said that an untrained professional had performed Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) on them. The survey — Understanding Female Genital Cutting in the Dawoodi Bohra Community: An Exploratory Survey — was conducted by Sahiyo, an NGO, on the occasion of International Day of… 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 ›