Why is this still a thing?

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On Fe­bru­ary 6, Lalitha Ku­mara­man­galam, chair­per­son of the Na­tional Com­mis­sion for Women, de­manded an end to the prac­tice of fe­male gen­i­tal mu­ti­la­tion (FGM). Still en­forced by com­mu­ni­ties like the Bohras, FGM, or

‘khatna’, in­volves the sur­gi­cal re­moval of the cli­toral hood, and some­times the en­tire cli­toris—in girls as young as seven. A sur­vey by Sahiyo, an NGO, found that 80 per cent of re­spon­dents had been sub­jected to such mu­ti­la­tion.

80%

of these women had been sub­jected to gen­i­tal mu­ti­la­tion

74%

say the pro­ce­dure was per­formed by a med­i­cally un­trained ‘tra­di­tional cut­ter’

66%

of them were aged be­tween 6 and 7 when it was done

385

Num­ber of Da­woodi Bohra women in In­dia and the US who par­tic­i­pated in the sur­vey by Sahiyo

81%

of women sur­veyed said that gen­i­tal mu­ti­la­tion had to stop

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