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

Each One, Reach One

  In partnership with Sahiyo, Speak Out on FGM launched the month-long Each One Reach One Campaign on February 6th 2016, to coincide with the UN's International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation. Its goals… Read more ›

India's Dark Secret

Women break the silence surrounding khatna, FGM/C, in the Bohra community.  It is India's Dark Secret. The first of its kind, this long article in the Hindustan Times, includes videos and narrative from half a dozen Bohra women who discuss their experiences with… 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 marches to call for end to FGM in India on March 8

A large collective of Womens Rights organisations came together this year to plan and celebrate International Women's Day on 8th March, 2018, by marching together in Delhi from Mandi House to Jantar Mantar to highlight the issues of women. The issues focused on by the multitude of organisations were: Socio-Economic… Read more ›