News media reacts to release of qualitative research study

New Groundbreaking National Research on Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) in India marks International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM

by Lakshmi Anantnarayan, Shabana Diler and Natasha Menon

WeSpeakOut, the largest survivor-led movement to end Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) amongst Bohras in collaboration with Nari Samata Manch, a trust for gender equality released a new report on FGM/C in India titled, “The Clitoral Hood A Contested Site: Khafd or Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) in India,” timed to coincide with the UN’s International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM. The report has revealed startling statistics and unnerving trends regarding the practice of FGM/C in India.

The study results were presented at a press conference on February 5, 2018 at the Constitution Club of India in New Delhi.  The panel consisted of:

Dr. Shashi Tharoor, Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha
Masooma Ranalvi, Founder, WeSpeakOut
Lakshmi Anantnarayan, Researcher and writer of Clitoral Hood a Contested Site
Shabana Diler, Researcher of Clitoral Hood a Contested Site
Durga Nandini, Director of Communications,


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