Talking about Female Khatna in the Bohra Community: A Survey
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Hi there!

Hope you've been coping with the pandemic and doing well.

In the past few years, as you may know, the practice of Female Khatna, Khafz, Sunnat or Female Genital Cutting (FGC) has become a big topic of discussion in the Bohra community. From personal dialogues and community interactions, to Whatsapp group exchanges and news headlines, there has been much discussion and debate on the practice in India, and globally.

In the thick of these exchanges, we have designed a survey to better understand the ways in which community members are talking about FGC, it’s communication challenges. The survey will also investigate the attitudes towards the public movements and debates in favour or against the practice. Based on your responses we will compile a study report on your experience and insights on speaking about the practice.

This survey
... is open to all members (men, women and non-binary) of Khatna/Khafz/ Sunnat/ FGC practising communities, who are 18+ years old.
... is COMPLETELY ANONYMOUS. We will not be asking you for any identifying information (such as names, e-mail address, etc.).
... has a mix of 30 multiple choice and short answer questions.
... will take you 15-20 minutes to fill out.

Should you have any questions and/or wish to keep in touch, please write to me at

It is certainly not easy to speak about the practice, but your experience and insights are going to be very helpful in taking this conversation ahead.

Thanks very much.

Reetika Subramanian (PhD Scholar, University of Cambridge UK)
Research Consultant on a project led by Vasavya Mahila Mandali in association with Sahiyo [India], supported by Grand Challenges Canada
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