This paper was conceptualised by Indira Jaising and written jointly by the team from the Lawyers Collective Women’s Rights Initiative (LCWRI) and Speak Out on FGM.
Indira Jaising has guided this whole effort with remarkable insights and perspectives on human rights violations caused by the practice of female genital mutilation / cutting (FGM/C) and the legal way forward.
Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) amongst Bohras in India has gained systematic public attention since 2012. The issue first rose to prominence because of two international legal cases on FGM/C against practicing Bohras in Australia and the US. We have since seen the rise of a strong survivor-led movement calling for an end to the practice of Khafd amongst Bohras. This anti-FGM/C movement seeks to end the practice through legal reform in India and by raising community awareness about the impact of the harmful traditional practice.