Speak out on FGM
Started 2 petitions
Female Genital Mutilation must end in India.United Nations please hear our pleas
We have been subjected to Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) as children. The trauma of that day still remains with us. FGM/C is a procedure that intentionally alters or causes injury to the genital organs of girls and women for non-medical reasons. Like us, thousands of our Bohra sisters in India and overseas have also been subjected to FGM/C. It is called Khatna/Khafz in our community. For hundreds of years this practice is being continued under a shroud of secrecy and silence and no one outside of the Bohra community even knew of its existence. Even today young bohra girls aged 7 or even younger sometimes are taken secretly and subject to FGM/C. Because of the secrecy, FGM/C is ignored by Indian authorities. The Government has no data about FGM and does not recognize it as an urgent issue. For years, Bohra women have been too scared to speak out about FGM. But now under the banner of Speak Out On FGM Bohra women are uniting and speaking out against FGM/C so that our daughters and sisters do not suffer this horrible procedure. The United Nations has declared FGM/C as a human rights violation and provides support to anti-FGM campaigners around the world. Because of this support many African countries have banned FGM. 10th Dec marks an end to the global 16 days campaign of ending violence against women and girls. FGM/C is an act of violence, physical, emotional, psychological, please help us in eradicating this practice from India. Sign our petition and ask the UN to recognize India as a country where FGM is practiced. With the UN recognition, we the Bohra women will be able to make official appeals to the Indian government. This will have a huge impact on the lives of young vulnerable Bohra girls. Speak Out On FGM : Masooma Ranalvi, Jaria Hussain Lala, Saleha Paatwala, Sheroo Zamindar, Rashida Rangwala, Ummul Ranalvi, Alifya Sulemanji, Shabnum Poonawala, Sakina HD, Nishreen Saif ,Tasneema Ranalvi, Hanan Adarkar, Zehra Patwa, Sanaa V, Yasmin Sabir, Alefyah Taqui, Fiza R J, Rosemine Musliwala, Maleka Musliwala, Sharmeen Hakim, Farzana Doctor,Zainub Poonawala, Jenifer Chhaliyerwala,Nilofar Chhakiyerwala,Mithan Chhakiyerwala,Sugra Barodawala,Hajra Barodawala,Maheleka Barodawala, Fatema Chasmawala, Zehra Mevliwala, Sofia Mevliwala , Mehjabin Chasmawala .
End Female Genital Mutilation in India
At the age of seven, I was subjected to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in Mumbai, in a most unhygienic and clandestine manner. The shock and trauma of that day are still with me. Like me, there are thousands of my Dawoodi Bohra sisters who have been subjected to genital cutting as children and even today thousands of Bohra girls are being subjected to this practice, since it has been ordained by the clergy of our community. A few months ago, women like me got together under the forum - ‘Speak out on FGM’ - to begin a conversation on this extremely secretive ritual which has caused physical and psychological damage to each of us in some way or the other. We the undersigned women, who have been subjected to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) also known as ‘Khatna’ belong to the Dawoodi Bohra community which has its major adherents in India. The practice of FGM is done surreptiously and in a clandestine manner to all the girl children in our community, without any consent whatsoever. The alleged reason for this tradition is to curb the sexual drive of women and control them. The Dawoodi Bohras are amongst the most educated in India, yet we are also the only Muslim community in India to practice FGM. The practice has nothing to do with religion and is more of a cultural practice. Most of us are too scared to speak out publicly. We fear ostracization, social boycott and exclusion of our families from the rest of the community by our religious clergy if we object to the continuation of this practice. FGM has no health benefits, in fact it harms girls and women in many ways. It involves removing and damaging healthy and normal female genital tissue, and interferes with the natural functions of girls' and women's bodies. FGM is often done without anaesthesia, without medical supervision and sometimes the procedure goes horribly wrong. It often leads to pain, shock, tetanus, genital sores, excessive bleeding, etc. It also has long-lasting psychological impact on the victims, ranging from sexual disorders, fear of sexual intimacy, nightmares and post traumatic stress disorder. In December 2012, the UN General Assembly adopted a unanimous resolution on the elimination of FGM. Across the world FGM is being outlawed in many countries. Nigeria and Gambia recently made FGM illegal after women came together, campaigned and raised their voice. FGM is banned in over 20 countries in Africa itself. The World Health Organisation (WHO) classifies FGM as a violation of the human rights of girls and women. According to WHO, FGM reflects deep-rooted inequality between the sexes, and constitutes an extreme form of discrimination against women. It is nearly always carried out on minors and is a violation of the rights of children. In Australia, three Dawoodi Bohras were held guilty of FGM recently by the Supreme Court of New Wales, Australia. The case was closely watched by the Dawoodi Bohra community in India. We urge the Government to pass a law banning this practice in India, such that anyone found involved in aiding, abetting and perpetrating this practice should be punished. Pressure of this law and fear of punishment will be the best way to put a stop to this cruel practice. I along with my Dawoodi Bohra sisters want to raise our voice against FGM in India and put an end to this. You can support us by signing this petition. Sign our petition and ask the government of India to act against Female Genital Mutilation! Masooma Ranalvi, Aarefa Johari, Insia Dariwala, Shabnum Poonawala, Nafisa Pardawala, Farida Ali, Tasneema Ranalvi, Hanan Adarkar, Shaheeda Kirtane, Tanvee Vasudevan, Ummul Ranalvi, Zainub Poonawala, Sana Vaidya, Zehra Patwa, Farzana Doctor, Fiza Jha, Zarine Hashim On Behalf of SPEAK OUT ON FGM