My parents would not have cut me if they had the right information, says a Sri Lankan Bohra

By: Anonymous Country: Colombo, Sri Lanka Age: in her 50s Circa 1970s, I was seven years old.   I hardly have any memories of my life during this period and most are vague, but I do remember almost every waking minute of one particular day. I woke up, I guess like any other ordinary day, …

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The Legal Side of Khatna or Female Genital Cutting

By Priya Ahluwalia Priya is a 22-year-old clinical psychology student at Tata Institute of Social Sciences – Mumbai. She is passionate about mental health, photography and writing. She is currently conducting research on the individual experience of khatna and its effects. Read her other articles in this series: Khatna Research in Mumbai. Female Genital Cutting …

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Examining Female Genital Cutting and Intersectionality

By a Bohra The recent dropping of charges against Dr. Jumana Nagarwala, who is accused of performing female genital cutting on underage girls in the United States, on a constitutional technicality rather than perceived criminality, solidified my thinking about the relationship between power and oppression.    This thought was first introduced to me by Irfan Engineer, …

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Female Genital Cutting charges dismissed but our work continues: Global reactions to Michigan case news

By Sahiyo On November 20, U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman dismissed the female genital cutting charges in the historic Michigan case involving girls from the Dawoodi Bohra sect, emphasizing that FGC should be regulated by states as a “local criminal activity.” Congress enacted the 22-year-old federal law banning FGC in 1996 — the law Judge …

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U.S. Court’s dismissal of FGM/C charge in Michigan case is disappointing, but does not condone genital cutting

By Mariya Taher Co-founder, Sahiyo I was sitting in my office, reading a blog post submitted to Sahiyo by a woman doing research on Female Genital Cutting in India, when I received a phone call. I answered it, not thinking twice, not knowing that what I was to hear next would leave me dumbstruck. The …

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Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting: Work of the devil?

By: Koen Van den Brande Age: 56 Country: India I rarely speak of the devil. In Germany they have a saying: Du sollst den Teufel nicht an die Wand mahlen Literally this translates to ‘Don’t paint a picture of the devil on the wall’. Loosely translated it means that you should not invite evil by …

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Not all damages are physical. Not everyone religious is morally ethical

Name: Xenobia (name changed) Age: 27 Country: India Today, social media is raging with thoughts and opinions on empowering women, being pro-choice, violating someone’s privacy and their body, and the role of consent, among others. Some say rapists must undoubtedly be hung to death, while some talk about punishing molesters and eve-teasers as well, so …

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On The Supreme Court Hearings and The Pro-Khatna FAQs Circulated by Bohras

By Shabana Feroze Country: Bahrain The Supreme Court of India is very close to deciding a ban on Female Genital Cutting (FGC) or khatna, and I couldn’t be happier. As a survivor of FGC myself (I live in Bahrain but had khatna done to me in a shady house in Hyderabad, India), I want to …

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