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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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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The "pleasure" argument

Until recently, khatna/khafz proponents argued that khatna was about removing the "haraam ki boti" (sinful flesh) and making women "naik" (ritually pure). Now the same people are saying that cutting the clitoral hood exposes the clitoris, making sex more pleasurable for… Read more ›