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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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 ›

Youth ki Awaaz talks about khatna

The Fear Of Excommunication Keeps FGM Going In fact, it was a group of Dawoodi Bohras themselves that worked towards instituting the Bombay Prevention of Excommunication Act back in 1949, that protects the rights of those… 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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Ending FGM’s Terminology Barrier on International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM

Calling it what it is!   February 6, 2019 – The United Nations (UN) declared International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). On this occasion, WeSpeakOut - a survivor led organization - unequivocally pledges to continue in its efforts to… Read more ›