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

Bohra women stand alongside with the Muslim women in fight against FGM at the Bebaak Collective

In New Delhi, on 27th and 28th February 2016 , a collective of Muslim women's organizations under the banner of Bebaak Collective participated to demand the fundamental rights to life, dignity, equality and non-discrimination, for freedom of religion and expression for Muslim women. It brought together the visions and struggles of women’s movements, people’s movements, democratic and civil rights movements for an equitable and… Read more ›

Experiences of Bohra khatna survivors who were among the first to help break the silence in the Indian media

These articles, written in December 2015, highlight the experiences of Bohra khatna survivors. They were among the first to help break the silence about this secretive cultural practice in the Indian media after Bohras came into the spotlight following the guilty verdict of 3 people in Sydney, Australia that same… 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 ›