Justice Chandrachud of the Supreme Court of India had said that circumcision leaves permanent, emotional and mental scars in a young girl.
The Supreme Court yesterday had referred to a five-judge Constitution Bench petitions seeking a declaration that the practice of female circumcision or Khafz, a practice widely followed by the Dawoodi Bhora community and few other Muslim sects, amounts to female genital mutilation (FGM), hence it is a violation of women’s right to life and dignity, The Hindu reported.
The observation came from a Bench of Chief Justice of India, Dipak Mishra and Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud observed that this vexed issue deserved to examined by a Constitution Bench. Mishara had verbally mentioned that the Constitution do not allow a person to cause injury to another. The Bench further added that the practice should be tested in the light of constitional morality.
There is also followers who are defending the practice. Senior lawyer AM Singhvi, appearing for 70,000 odd Bohra Muslim men under the banner of the Dawoodi Bohra Women’s Association for Religious Freedom (DBWRF) in favour of Khafz, opined that the practice is inimical to religion and had been continuing since the tenth century.
Opposing the views of DBWRF, Samina Kanchwala, Secretary, DBWRD said, “The SC has upheld the voice of large section of Dawoodi Bohra women in the country. We have maintained that female circumcision is not FGM and we will continue to clear the misconceptions that the two practices are the same.”
The DBWRD is dedicated towards conserving and guarding the cultural and religious rights of Dawoodi Bohra women.
As yearly as May 2017, a few progressive thinking Dawoodi Bohra women initiated a movement to bring together the Dawoodi Bohra Women of India on a common platform to preserve and protect the beliefs, customs, culture and religious rights of Dawoodi Bohra Women. And thus was born DBWRF which today represents tens of thousands of Dawoodi Bohra Women in India who are ardent followers of 53rd al-Dai al-Mutlaq, His Holiness Dr. Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin (TUS), and who strongly believe in preserving their religious & cultural heritage and values and has become a movement in its own right. The movement was institutionalised as a Public Religious Trust called the Dawoodi Bohra Women’s Association for Religious Freedom.
DBWRF is dedicated towards conserving and guarding the cultural and religious rights of Dawoodi Bohra women. DBWRF advocates for the rights of Dawoodi Bohra women in India to ensure that Dawoodi Bohra women in India live with dignity and honour and are able to exercise their religious & cultural rights, including their right to practise Khafz (female circumcision). DBWRF stands for protecting and defending the Dawoodi Bohra women who are victimised for their religious beliefs, practices, customs and culture. DBWRF stands for values of freedom, personal growth, empowerment and respect for Dawoodi Bohra women. Above all DBWRF stands for truth. The DBWRF is getting humongous from fellow Dawoodi Bohra Women across India and its number had swelled to 72,904 supporters and still counting.