A Petition to End Female Genital Mutilation in India

The Dawoodi Bohras are amongst the most educated in India, yet are also the only Muslim community in India to practice FGM. They have created a petition to ask the government of India to act against FGM and put a stop to this cruel practice. Read more about these brave women and their petition here:




  1. Manal says:

    It is interesting that the petition uses the Australian case where three Dawoodi Bohra community members were charged with performing FGM on two young girls especially when the prosecution medical expert at trial could point to no evidence of injury. Following the decision of the jury to convict the offenders, and before the sentencing proceedings commenced, the girls were again examined, this time by two eminent female medical specialists. Both confirmed to the court that there was no evidence of injury.

    It’s a travesty of justice. The trial devastated the lives of the very girls the justice system was supposed to protect. The judge engineered convictions despite having no evidence of injury. His desire to leave his legacy and send messages beyond Australia prevailed over his duty to seek justice. Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin has repeatedly instructed his followers to be law-abiding, loyal citizens, and be of benefit to the society in which they live and in this case they had actually done nothing wrong. I feel by using the Australian Court case to defend the position of the petition if detrimental to everyone involved in this case. The World Health Organisation has unfairly branded religious practices that include nicking of the female genitals, despite there being no lasting damage, as ‘female genital mutilation’ (FGM).

  2. Saifuddin Merchant says:

    Would like to point out very strongly that the group which is petitioning for an end to FGM in India do not represent Dawoodi Bohra. Secondly this community is well educated, so I doubt they would be practicing FGM. Thirdly, have the real dawoodi bohras been given an opportunity to give their side of the view.

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