Only 1 in 10 who underwent FGM want it done on daughters
Only one in 10 women who have experienced female genital mutilation (FGM), called Khatna by the Dawoodi Bohra community which follows the custom, said they were ‘okay’ with performing the practice on their daughter, according to an online survey conducted by Sahiyo, a non-governmental organisation that has been campaigning to end the practice. The findings of the survey were released in Mumbai on Monday.
Khatna refers to the removal of the prepuce from the genitalia of girls and is mainly practiced by communities in Africa and Asia. The World Health Organisation terms khatna as a violation of human rights. The practice is banned in many European and American countries and adults who force children to undergo the practice can be punished. Recently, a court in Sydney convicted three Bohras for the circumcision of two young girls. After this, anjumans, or community associations across the world asked their members to stop the practice.
According to Sahiyo, the results of the survey highlight that some women want to continue the practice because ‘it’s a social norm’. However, another member said, “Many of the women who have experienced Khatna did not want to continue the practice for their daughters. It shows a positive change. However, it is an online survey and had a small sample size,” said a member of Sahiyo.
As many as 400 women from across the country participated in the survey. The findings also indicated there is no relationship between the socio-economic status of women and the likelihood of them experiencing FGC because 80% of them surveyed had at least some educational qualification.
A minor, said to be 16-year-old, was allegedly forced to convert to Islam and was then married to a woman double his age and a mother of two children in Kanpur, the police said. An FIR has been registered following an intervention by Bajrang Dal and Vishwa Hindu Parishad. Police have arrested the woman, who was married, her parents and the Maulana (cleric) who performed the 'nikah'.
Within a span of few days, yet another man was killed in tiger attack in Manjhra forest area of Dudhwa buffer zone late on Monday night. Kamlesh has been identified as Kamlesh, 30, a resident of Saypur Padhuva village under the Nighasan police limits. Reports said Kamlesh along with his two brothers-in-law was returning home from Khairatiya on Monday night on a bullock cart. Khairatiya is close to Manjhra reserve forest area.
Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar will hold the all-party meeting to discuss the caste census on June 1 at 4pm, the government said on Tuesday. Parliamentary affairs minister Vijay Kumar Chaudhary said the state government decided to go ahead with its plan to conduct caste wise enumeration of the people after the central government declined two resolutions by the state legislature calling for the census. The proposed all-party meeting was never scheduled.
Mumbai A 27-year-old man was arrested on Tuesday for allegedly killing a 20-year-old, after he found out that Katukar's was seeing the woman he loved. The body of the deceased was found floating in a creek at Bhayander 10 days ago. According to Kandivali police, the victim, identified as Deepak Katukar, had gone missing 12 days ago. Upon returning, their third friend Suraj Vishwakarma (27) said that he had left the spot after Katukar left.
In a unique gesture of harmony, the priests and maulvis of different temples and mosques donated 18 loudspeakers to different schools in Muzaffarnagar district. Around 12 out of 18 loudspeakers were donated to schools of Shahpur area. SSP of Muzaffarnagar Abhishek Yadav has appreciated the gesture of the religious leaders of both the communities. In Chapaar, two loudspeakers were donated to Sumitra Devi Inter College .