Zimran Samuel

Zimran Samuel

Visiting fellow

Department of Anthropology

Key Expertise
children law, mental health law and public international law

About me

Zimran Samuel has served as  Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics (LSE) since 2015. 

Zimran assists with the Anthropology and Law degree at the LSE. 

Zimran is a barrister at Doughty Street Chambers specialising in children law, mental health law and public international law.


Female circumcision within the Dawoodi Bohra Community

11.11.2020 at 1200 noon 

Zimran Samuel, London School of Economics & Doughty Street Chambers

Chair: Dr Andrea E. Pia, London School of Economics

On 11th November 2020, Zimran Samuel (Visiting Fellow at the LSE’s Department of Anthropology) is presenting a paper on FGM/C within the Dawoodi Bohra Community.

 FGM, also known as Female Genital Cutting (FGC) and female circumcision is a collective term for a range of procedures that involve the partial or total removal of the external female genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons. Those who use the expression "female circumcision" do not necessarily put it in a category such as FGM that labels it as (or assumes it is) an injury.  

The Dawoodi Bohras are a Shia community based predominantly in India.

Female circumcision or khafz as termed by the Dawoodi Bohra Community, is practiced by the community as a religious requirement. The practice has come into considerable focus amid the international campaign against Female Genital Mutilation and associated legal cases.

Zimran’s work in this field includes a research survey of almost 800 women and involvement in FGM/C cases in the UK, India, Kenya, Australia, United States.

The paper will be presented at a webinar to students on the Anthropology and Law course.

The report Female circumcision within the Dawoodi Bohra Community will be launched at the webinar and will be available on request to: z.samuel@doughtystreet.co.uk.


Expertise Details

Children law; mental health; human rights