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Virginity Test – An Infringement on Women’s Rights and Dignity: Evidence from India and Turkey
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A woman is the creator (Janani) of life and is the one who assures the existence of human race on the earth through her ‘procreative’ ability. But yet she has been subjected to a great deal of violence by our society. One of the most demeaning forms of violence is the virginity test. Virginity test is the physical examination for finding ruptures in a woman’s hymen and then determining whether the woman is still ‘a virgin’ or not. Virginity is used as a parameter for assessing her reputation which underlines the plight of the woman being relegated to a mere object. The paper focuses on the medical utility of virginity test by hymen examination and its potential impact on the examinee. The paper focuses on the key distinctions between the perspectives on the virginity test used as a determinant for the chastity of women in India and in Turkey. The paper highlights the steps taken by the Indian and Turkish governments to uphold the dignity of women against virginity test practices.

 
 
 

In patriarchic societies, gender roles are specifically and rigidly defined and as such a woman is valued not only for her reproductive capacity but also for her virginity. Virginity is considered to be a parameter for assessing her reputation and is considered to be important to her marriage ability. Virginity is assumed to be an honor to be lost during the consummation of marriage. In connection with marriage, virginity test is a practice some communities follow to detect the virginity of a woman or a girl (i.e., whether they had sexual intercourse prior to marriage or not). Communities often use the test to separate ‘pure’ females from ‘impure’ females, creating a question on the chastity of the women. The apparent virginity test, also referred to as hymen, two-finger, or per vaginal examination, is the examination of the female genitalia to decide whether the individual has had or has been habituated to sexual intercourse.

 
 
 

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