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

Two Bohra doctors back khatna

Delhi-based Masooma Ranalvi, who was the first one to start the Speak Out On FGM campaign, looks at the countering voices as an “act of desperation”. “Two big things happened in the last one month. The topmost court of the country admitted a PIL against the practice, and the Women and Child Development Minister, without mincing any words, expressed the thought of banning it. They obviously realised that the policy of silence was… Read more ›

Need a law to end female genital mutilation, advocates study

Hindustan Times A new law is needed to end female genital mutilation (FGM), according to a report. The paper ‘Guide to eliminating the FGM practice in India’, brought out by Supreme Court lawyer Indira Jaising of the Lawyers Collective, New Delhi, and the group Speak out on FGM, explains why the practice violates human… 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 ›