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

Speak Out on FGM and the Lawyers Collective stress that a law banning the practice, along with measures to raise awareness, will help to end the practice of FGM

Speak Out on FGM and the Lawyers Collective released a report stating that while the Indian law has provisions for criminal action against any form of hurt, there is no specific mention of FGM. Masooma Ranalvi stressed that a law banning the practice, along with measures to raise awareness, will help to end the… Read more ›

WCD Minister Maneka Gandhi describes khatna, or FGM, as a “criminal offence” in India

Union Minister for Women and Child Development (WCD) Maneka Gandhi described khatna, or FGM, as a “criminal offence” in India. The WCD will send advisories to state governments stating that FGM is a violation of sections of the Indian Penal Code  and Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses Act.  Masooma Ranalvi, of SpeakOut, has had previous meetings with Minister Gandhi, to inform her of khatna in the Bohra community… 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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FGM/C survivors respond to letter supporting the act of khatna in Detroit

19 FGM/C survivors responded to a letter to the editor of the Detroit News by several women from the Detroit Bohra community who stated: To be clear, we members of the Bohra faith are proud and patriotic American citizens who obey every law of the land — even those with which we disagree. We firmly believe that a practice that is harmless, far less invasive than male circumcision, and much more akin to a body piercing… Read more ›