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

Supreme Court questions practice of female genital mutilation

The Times of India NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Monday questioned the practice of female genital mutilation of minor girls in the Dawoodi Bohra Muslim community, saying it violates the bodlily "integrity" of a girl child. A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra was told by Attorney General K K Venugopal, representing the Centre,… Read more ›

Why should anyone's bodily integrity be compromised? SC asks in Female Genital Mutilation PIL

The Supreme Court today made observations in support of complete prohibition of Female Genital Mutilation. The Court has agreed to hear the petition calling for the same on July 16. A Bench of Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra and Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud was hearing a PIL seeking a complete ban on female genital mutilation. Senior Advocate Abhishek Manu… 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 ›