Dawoodi Bohra Survey Sets Alarm Bells Ringing

An ongoing survey about the religious practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) or khatna/khafz is raising the hackles of women in the Dawoodi Bohra community.

Three female doctors allegedly belonging to the Dawoodi Bohra Women for Religious Freedom (DBWRF) – a self-proclaimed group campaigning for religious freedom – have circulated a survey that asks for respondents’ ITS numbers, raising doubts about confidentiality.

The ITS number is Dawoodi Bohras’ personal identification number with personal details and also the number of times a person visits the mosque.

Conducted by Dr Tasneem Saify, Dr Munira Radhanpurwala T and Dr Rakhee K, the survey asks “extremely personal and religious questions”.

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