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

Bohra Men Speak Out Against FGM

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) also known as khatna is formally defined as the intentional, non-therapeutic physical modification of female genitalia. In lay terms it means cutting a part of the clitoris of a woman. In real life terms it means , young girl children aged 6-8 are beguiled with a lure of candy or some other… Read more ›

Not My Daughter

Bohras were asked to make a pledge to not cut their daughters and to allow them to reach their fullest potential without… Read more ›

In the News

Detroit Genital mutilation case revs up amid grand jury activity

Detroit — As many as six members of a Muslim sect from India were questioned by a federal grand jury Wednesday as prosecutors pursue more criminal charges involving new girls in the nation's first female genital mutilation case. The grand jury appearances by members of the Dawoodi Bohra community come as defense… Read more ›

Mumbai: Bohra Non-Profit Organisation Starts Audio Campaign To Speak Out Against FGM

WeSpeakOut, a non-profit organisation fighting for the rights of Dawoodi Bohra Muslims, has started an audio campaign against female genital mutilation (FGM), appealing to community members to speak about their experiences. Over the last month, it has received over 40 responses from both women and men from various parts of India and abroad on the controversial topic. The campaign is called 'My voice against khafz/FGM counts'. The audio posts… 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

Ending FGM’s Terminology Barrier on International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM

Calling it what it is!   February 6, 2019 – The United Nations (UN) declared International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). On this occasion, WeSpeakOut - a survivor led organization - unequivocally pledges to continue in its efforts to… Read more ›