Bohra women against female genital mutilation: Survey in Mumbai

Updated on Feb 07, 2017 03:09 PM IST

More than 70% women from the Dawoodi Bohra community answered an online survey where they said that an untrained professional had performed Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) on them.

The survey — Understanding Female Genital Cutting in the Dawoodi Bohra Community: An Exploratory Survey — was conducted by Sahiyo, an NGO, on the occasion of International Day of Zero Tolerance to FGM.(HT)
The survey — Understanding Female Genital Cutting in the Dawoodi Bohra Community: An Exploratory Survey — was conducted by Sahiyo, an NGO, on the occasion of International Day of Zero Tolerance to FGM.(HT)
Hindustan Times | BySadaguru Pandit, Mumbai

More than 70% women from the Dawoodi Bohra community answered an online survey where they said that an untrained professional had performed Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) on them.

The survey — Understanding Female Genital Cutting in the Dawoodi Bohra Community: An Exploratory Survey — was conducted by Sahiyo, an NGO, on the occasion of International Day of Zero Tolerance to FGM.

While the 385 women who answered the survey provided personal accounts of their experience, findings also highlighted their reservation on the existence of the practice (81%) and the refusal to carry out the procedure on their own girl child (82%).

Also read: India’s dark secret

FGM is a process which involves removal of skin from the clitoral hood of women, at the age of seven or between the ages of six and 12. The ritual is opposed by many Islamic scholars. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), it has no known health benefits and the procedure may cause several immediate and long-term health consequences.

Aarefa Johari, a journalist and member of Sahiyo, said that they have come across many women who have faced psychological and physical traumas due to the procedure, performed by an untrained individual. “While there are women who face physical complications, some suffer from mental trauma of such gravity that they are not able to get intimate with their partners even after marriage,” said Johri.

Watch II India’s Dark Secret: Female Genital Mutilation

The participants had also heard of multiple reasons on why FGM, or ‘Khatna’ as it’s widely known in the community, is practised in the Dawoodi Bohra community. While 56% were told it’s for religious purposes, 45% admitted it was to decrease sexual arousal. Other reasons like maintaining tradition and custom (42%) and physical hygiene and cleanliness (27%) were also mentioned by the participants.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
SHARE
Story Saved
×
Saved Articles
Following
My Reads
My Offers
Sign out
New Delhi 0C
Saturday, December 10, 2022
Start 15 Days Free Trial Subscribe Now
Register Free and get Exciting Deals