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 member breaks her silence

“They just made me lie down and they started cutting me with a blade,”  recalled Sulemanji, who remembers bleeding heavily and crying. “They told me, ‘Stop, stop. Don’t cry. Don’t tell anybody; this is a secret among women.’” Speak Out on FGM member, Alifya Sulemanji, talks to the… Read more ›

Second Doctor and Wife Charged in US FGM case

Only a few days after the first arrest, authorities have charged a second Detroit area doctor with breaking a federal genital mutilation law, arresting a suburban physician and his wife for allegedly helping the first doctor perform female genital mutilation on 7-year-old girls at a Livonia clinic they owned. According to a… 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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Time for India's Government to Back up its Words with Concrete Action: It Must Ban FGM/Khafz

In recognition of International Day of the Girl Child on 11 October, 2018, we, the undersigned women’s groups and individuals, stand in support of the survivors who are bravely speaking out against the practice, and join them in calling on the Indian Government to take immediate action against the practice of… Read more ›