Yes, virginity plays a very important role in India, especially for women. In many parts of India, virginity test is a character certificate of the woman. It is a controversial practice that aims to determine whether a girl has had sexual intercourse or not.
What is more shocking is that many medical experts believe that virginity testing is unreliable, with serious repercussions for girls subjected to it. Even in 21st century it is prevalent in many countries including India.
Here are 4 humiliating virginity test practices that are run in some major parts of India!
Pani ki Dheej (purity by water)
To ensure a woman is virgin, certain communities make woman hold her breath under water while someone walks a hundred steps. The International Rehabilitation Centre for Torture victims describes it as a “gross violation of women’s rights and one that may amount to ill-treatment and torture under international law.”
Agnipariksha (trial by fire)
In agnipariksha, the bride has to carry a red-hot iron in her hand. Woman who are unable to do the task or leave it in mid-way are considered impure. The woman who fail virginity test are forced to disclose the name of their partners. In some cases, female doctors are asked conduct the test. Also Read: 11 Sexual Health Tips Every Man Needs to Know..
Kukri ki rasam (stained bed-sheet)
To make sure, the woman is virgin, on the first night of the marriage a white thread is placed on the bed, when the couple consummate their marriage. The following morning, elders of the family locate traces of blood on it. While in some communities, members of their community wait outside the room in which the couple have sex. They are expected to show a blood-stained bedsheet which will prove that the girl was a virgin. Also Read: 8 Ridiculous Myths About Virginity We Must Believing In Right Now
Another commonly known virginity test is the two-finger test. This was earlier generally used to check rape victims. The Supreme Court of India has held the test on a rape victim in the past. Human Rights Watch criticised the test as ‘degrading and unscientific’. In two-finger test, often older women search for a hymen using their fingers. However, it is unscientific as there is no accurate way to check the laxity of vaginal muscles if a girl is habituate to intercourse.
How can few people forget each person has feelings, desires, and ambitions and may fall in love before marriage?
– The only way we can alter this thought process is by
– Educating more women so they can earn on their own
– Creating awareness about sex
– Passing a strict law that prevents such virginity tests
– Punishing families who disobey the law
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