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

Open Letter to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Dear Prime Minister Modi, On this World Day for the Prevention of Child Abuse, we are writing to urge you to issue a statement that Female Genital Mutilation (also known as FGM, khatna or female genital cutting) is illegal in India. We request that the Government of India issue advisories,… Read more ›

Reach out efforts to all Bohra leaders to eradicate khatna

Over the last two years, we have been criticized heavily for not reaching out to the Bohra religious leadership to discuss the practice of khatna. However, since February 2016, we have contacted various Bohra leaders but have received mostly silence in response. Interestingly, when people have stated that we are not following the correct process for bringing up a topic with the clergy, we have asked for help from them to get that organized.… Read more ›

In the News

Union Government states that FGM/C/Khatna/Khafz is a crime under Indian law and WeSpeakOut's intervention plea admitted by Supreme Court

A statement by our founder, Masooma… Read more ›

Women and Child Rights Movement Condemns Unequivocally the Recent Spate of Sexual Violence on Young Girls

STATEMENT OF THE WOMEN’S AND CHILD RIGHTS MOVEMENT CONDEMNING UNEQUIVOCALLY THE RECENT SPATE OF SEXUAL VIOLENCE ON YOUNG GIRLS IN KATHUA AND UNNAO-15 APRIL, 2018 Read the statement in Hindi here. We, the… 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

WeSpeakOut marches to call for end to FGM in India on March 8

A large collective of Womens Rights organisations came together this year to plan and celebrate International Women's Day on 8th March, 2018, by marching together in Delhi from Mandi House to Jantar Mantar to highlight the issues of women. The issues focused on by the multitude of organisations were: Socio-Economic… Read more ›

Khatna harms our girls

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.