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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Famed lawyer Alan Dershowitz joins Detroit genital mutilation case defense team

Famous constitutional law scholar and lawyer Alan Dershowitz has joined the defense team for Fakhruddin and Farida Attar and Juman Nagarwala. His past clients have included O.J. Simpson and  Mike Tyson.  Fakhruddin Attar, and Jumana Nagarwala,  if convicted of conspiracy to transport minors with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity could receive life in prison. Farida Attar, could face up to 20 years in prison if… Read more ›

Involvement of doctors in group which supports female circumcision "goes against medical ethics”

June 2, 2017: Dr KK Aggarwal, national president of the Indian Medical Association, said that the involvement of doctors in the group called Dawoodi Bohra Women for Religious Freedom (DBWRF), which supports female circumcision, "goes against medical ethics”.   Aggarwal said, "IMA is a signatory to the World Medical Association's policy… 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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Time for India's Government to Back up its Words with Concrete Action: It Must Ban FGM/Khafz

In recognition of International Day of the Girl Child on 11 October, 2018, we, the undersigned women’s groups and individuals, stand in support of the survivors who are bravely speaking out against the practice, and join them in calling on the Indian Government to take immediate action against the practice of… Read more ›