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Bohra women defend practice of circumcision

THE ASIAN AGE.
Published : Aug 26, 2018, 5:03 am IST
Updated : Aug 26, 2018, 5:03 am IST

The court ruled that the traditional Dawoodi Bohra practice of ‘khafz’ (female circumcision) does not amount to FGM.

The organisation issued a statement in the wake of court of criminal appeal in New South Wales in Australia overturning the conviction of three people accused of FGM. (Representational Image)
 The organisation issued a statement in the wake of court of criminal appeal in New South Wales in Australia overturning the conviction of three people accused of FGM. (Representational Image)

Mumbai: An organisation known as Dawoodi Bohra Women’s Association For Religious Freedom (DBWRF), that is representing women of Dawoodi Bohra Muslim community on Saturday defended the practice of female circumcision prevalent in the community saying it does not amount to female genital mutilation (FGM), which needs to be banned.  

The organisation issued a statement in the wake of court of criminal appeal in New South Wales in Australia overturning the conviction of three people accused of FGM.

 

The court ruled that the traditional Dawoodi Bohra practice of ‘khafz’ (female circumcision) does not amount to FGM. The DBWRF mentioned that khafz was a harmless religious ritual that was being followed for centuries, FGM was uncalled-for and it should be abolished.

Tags: fgm, criminal, dawoodi bohra women’s association