Female actors narrate real-life stories of women who have undergone ‘khatna’ or genital mutilation

On March 16, at a storytelling event in Mumbai, four actors narrated the personal stories of four women survivors of a practice called khatna. A form of ritualistic female genital circumcision that practiced by the Dawoodi Bohra community, khatna involves the cutting of a young girl’s clitoral hood (and in many cases, the clitoris).

Girls as young as six or seven years old are made to undergo this procedure, often carried out by the female members of their family. This centuries-old act has been recognised as a violation of human rights, and has left several women scarred till today.

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