Why is this still a thing?
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.
of these women had been subjected to genital mutilation
say the procedure was performed by a medically untrained ‘traditional cutter’
of them were aged between 6 and 7 when it was done
Number of Dawoodi Bohra women in India and the US who participated in the survey by Sahiyo
of women surveyed said that genital mutilation had to stop