WHO Calls To Ban Virginity Test

WHO Calls To Ban Virginity Test
WHO Calls To Ban Virginity Test

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The World Health Organization has announced that doctors, police and employers are banned from using so-called virginity tests on women and girls, and those who continue to use them should be prosecuted.

Such tests are used all over the world to investigate rape and even to recruit women for certain professions. WHO calls on governments to ban this practice and inform doctors, police and the public that these tests do not indicate past sexual activity.

For centuries, people believed that the hymen could be used as a sign of virginity. But, recent large-scale studies have found many "exceptions", says scientist Claudia Garcia-Moreno.

The hymen inspection accurately identified fewer than 10 percent of women undergoing penetration. However, in Indonesia, a woman wishing to join the army must have a hymen.

The tests don't end there. In cases of rape in India (and neighboring countries), medical or police experts insert two fingers into the vagina to assess the "weakness" of the vaginal muscles, which are believed to reflect whether a woman is "addicted" to sex and whether she may try to defame a man. But vaginal muscle tone does not reflect anything like that, says WHO.

banning virginity tests
banning virginity tests

Aruna Kashyap of Human Rights Watch says doctors in India are “fixated on vaginal evidence,” although rape often leaves vaginal lesions.

Although virginity tests are most common in Africa and the Middle East, they are also performed in immigrant communities in wealthy countries, including the UK.

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