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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Campaigns

Bohra Men Speak Out Against FGM

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) also known as khatna is formally defined as the intentional, non-therapeutic physical modification of female genitalia. In lay terms it means cutting a part of the clitoris of a woman. In real life terms it means , young girl children aged 6-8 are beguiled with a lure of candy or some other… Read more ›

Not My Daughter

Bohras were asked to make a pledge to not cut their daughters and to allow them to reach their fullest potential without… Read more ›

In the News

10-year old Somali girl dies after undergoing FGM

A 10-year-old girl in central Somalia has died after undergoing female genital mutilation (FGM), prompting calls from campaigners to criminalise the internationally condemned practice in a country with the world's highest rates. The girl was taken by her mother to a traditional circumciser on July 14. The procedure left her bleeding and she… Read more ›

Times of India Blog: Female Genital Mutilation: A millennial crime

by Lalita Nijhawan   It is commonplace knowledge that Islam preaches circumcision, a form of male genital mutilation as a tenet and a sacrament of Islamic practices however little do people know about the equally practiced female genital mutilation. Under the garb of sacrosanct religious diktats, the Dawoodi Bohra community is obstinate to continue the sublime horror of FGM (Female Genital mutilation) The Bohra high… 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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Blog

Doctor of 27 years in Godhra shares his experience of patients who have undergone FGM/Khafz

Dr. Sujaat Vali, of Godhra, Gujarat, discusses what he and his colleagues have seen with girls and women who have undergone FGM/Khafz in… Read more ›