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

Each One, Reach One

  In partnership with Sahiyo, Speak Out on FGM launched the month-long Each One Reach One Campaign on February 6th 2016, to coincide with the UN's International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation. Its goals… Read more ›

In the News

FGM case in Australia becomes Mumbai's talking point

A case related to female genital mutilation (FGM) in Australia has become a talking point in the city. This comes after an Australian appeal court overturned the conviction of three people accused of FGM. The appeals court ruling in Australia has created a ripple like it did when it has convicted three people. The appeal verdict comes even as the Supreme Court is hearing a matter on FGM. Two years ago, three people were convicted of… Read more ›

Conviction overturned in Australia's first FGM case

A mother, a former registered nurse and Sydney Islamic sect leader convicted in Australia's first female genital mutilation court case — seen as a breakthrough in prosecuting the crime — have been acquitted by an appeal court. Shabbir Vaziri, a head cleric and spiritual leader in the Dawoodi Bohra community, was found guilty of being an accessory for directing members to lie about the practice of 'khatna', a procedure involving… 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

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 ›