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

Indian Government declares FGM/Khatna illegal under existing laws

Union women and child development (WCD) minister Maneka Gandhi announced that khatna or FGM, is a criminal offence, and if the Bohra community “does not stop it voluntarily, the government will bring in a law to ban the… Read more ›

Speak Out on FGM drafts a legal framework for an anti-FGM law in India with the Lawyers' Collective

This paper was written by Indira Jaising and the team from the Lawyers Collective Women’s Rights Initiative and Masooma Ranalvi of Speak Out on FGM, in 2016-17 and was published in March 2017. It argues that FGM/C, because of its specific nature and consequences, is a violation of… 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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The "pleasure" argument

Until recently, khatna/khafz proponents argued that khatna was about removing the "haraam ki boti" (sinful flesh) and making women "naik" (ritually pure). Now the same people are saying that cutting the clitoral hood exposes the clitoris, making sex more pleasurable for… Read more ›