Indian women speak out against female genital cutting

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    Many people in India are not that much aware about female genital cutting (FGC). The pre-modern tradition which is thought to have first originated in Africa, is shockingly still practised today in many parts of the world. Unlike male circumcision, FGC is said to have no health benefits and has been declared violation of the human rights of girls and women by the World Health Organisation.

    FGC, also called Khatna, is very much prevalent in the Dawoodi Bohra community in India. However NGOs and activists are trying hard to ensure that their demands for ending this practice are being noticed.

    This short video documents the pain and long-lasting trauma that women who have undergone this ritual have suffered. It is just one of the many ways that people from both within and outside the community are striving to bring the subject of female circumcision into mainstream discussion.

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