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

India's female genital mutilation: a thousand-year-old secret

Well-researched article by Rita Banerji. Rita Banerji is a writer, photographer and gender activist. Her book 'Sex and Power: Defining History, Shaping Societies' is a historical study of the relationship between gender, sexuality and power… Read more ›

Speak Out on FGM tastes its first success!

Masooma Ranalvi presenting 85,000 petition signatures to Lalitha Kumaramangalam, Chairperson of the National Commission on Women  In a huge sucess for Bohra women in India, fighting Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), on 6th February, 2017, celebrated as zero tolerance day against FGM by the… 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 ›