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Indonesia: “Every woman has the right to virginity…”

August 22, 2013


A district education board in Sumatra, Indonesia, has been condemned for a plan which will see girls undergo a virginity test before they are allowed to attend high school.

H.M. Rasyid, the head of the education board in the south Sumatran district of Prabumulih, says the test is needed because of increasing instances of premarital sex and prostitution among female students.

“Every woman has the right to virginity, though on the other hand, we expect students to not commit negative acts,” Mr Rasyid said, according to the Jakarta Globe newspaper.

The test, which involves the forced examination of a girl’s hymen to determine whether she has engaged in sexual intercourse, has been slammed as harmful and invasive, but Mr Rasyid said the plan had already been budgeted for and would be implemented in 2014.

The policy has been heavily criticised by human rights groups as well as senior politicians, including Indonesian Education Minister Mohammad Nuh, who appeared to be embarrassed the plan had even been aired.


Perhaps I’m missing something, but I would have assumed the women already know if they’re virgins or not. What gives anyone else the ‘right’ to test it?

Islam again, sticking its fingers where they don’t belong.

  1. I always find it despicable when religious/political movements feel they have a moral right to force young women to certain type of behaviour and punish them for not conforming. Feeling bad for the girls who may be traumatised for life.

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