Senior military and police officers in Indonesia came forward this week to reveal the nation's security forces were still gauging the "morality" of female applicants by imposing "virginity tests" in the hiring process. Human Rights Watch HRW researchers first exposed how widespread the so-called "psychological examinations" for "mental health and morality reasons" were in , but since then the government has failed to take the necessary steps to prohibit the practice. It's a good thing, so why criticise it? Indonesia is not the only country where women and girls are physically examined in an attempt to disclose their sexual history.
Virginity Testing Beyond a Medical Examination
Female virginity is traditionally defined as the state of a woman who has not engaged in penis-vagina sexual intercourse. Female virginity cannot be measured or proven from a physical examination or test. Female virginity is NOT a tangible entity. A hymen is a thin fold or folds of mucous tissue located centimeters inside the vaginal opening that surrounds or may even completely cover the opening.
United Nations agencies call for ban on virginity testing
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Women issued a joint statement on Oct. The organizations also say the practice has become more common among immigrant groups living in developed countries where it has never been documented before, such as Belgium, the Netherlands, Spain, Canada and Switzerland. Guessous pointed out that complications may also arise because the test is not always performed by a medical professional; instead, it may fall to a family member or traditional midwife. Virginity tests are still widespread across all social classes in Morocco, said Guessous, a longtime critic of the practice.