International Journal of Law


ISSN: 2455-2194

Vol. 6, Issue 5 (2020)

Female genital mutilation/cutting is a myth or fact in India: A descritive study

Author(s): Sonali Khare, Priyanka Sonwalkar
Abstract: The term FGM/C refers to all procedures that entail the partial or total removal of the external female genital or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons. FGM/C is practices by all parts of the country but most prevalent in 28 countries in Africa and the Middle east and among immigrant communities in Europe, New Zealand, Canada, Australia and the US. In India, female genital mutilation/Cutting is also known by the term ‘khafd' or ‘khatna’ and most prevalent amongst Bohras. It is widely practiced among Dawoodi Bohras community, a sect of Shia Muslims. This traumatic procedure increases with the growth of population as there is no specific law banning FGM/C. The objective of this research paper includes exploring the concept of FGM/C and various reasons to perform the practice, describe the consequences of it and to evaluate the initiatives taken for the elimination of FGM/C. FGM/C is a heart-wrenching practice as it gives harmful consequences and no health benefit. In 2015, under target 5.3, FGM/C was included in the sustainable development which gives attention to the elimination of all harmful practice. Various other ‘Initiatives’ mentioned above have been taken for the elimination of the practice but simultaneously for the complete elimination ‘Collective abandonment’ is necessary,
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