At a time like this when the global female community is agitated about the series of dress stripping mob attacks, the last thing we want to hear is that somewhere else on this same planet earth, Women are being subjected to taking virginity tests as part of the mandatory medical examination before joining the Police force. The requirement for undergoing the test is posted on Indonesia national police’s official website. (http://www.infopendaftaranpolri.com/2014/04/apa-saja-yang-akan-diperiksa-dalam.html) It reads:
“In addition to the medical and physical tests, women who want to be policewomen [sic] must also undergo virginity tests”
Female recruits hoping to join Indonesia’s police force are forced to undergo two-finger “virginity tests”,a practice that intends to check that the hymen is still intact but leaves the women traumatised, humiliated and in pain. This Women who are expected to remain single until they have spent a certain number of years in the force are WARNED to remain virgins.
While the Policfe Authorities claim that the test was not solely to check for viginity but for other “comunicable diseases” that would hinder efficient discharge of duties, An anonymous intervewee had this to say to Human Rights Watch:
“Entering the virginity test examination room was really upsetting, I feared that after they performed the test I would not be a virgin anymore. They inserted two fingers with gel … it really hurt. My friend even fainted.”
“So-called virginity tests are discriminatory and a form of gender-based violence – not a measure of women’s eligibility for a career in the police,” said Nisha Varia, associate women’s rights director at Human Rights Watch.
This is just really repugnant something should be done about it. Every woman has a the right to choose a career path without getting discriminated against or humiliated in such unthinkable manner. Why dress sexual harrasment in the sheep clothing of medical and physical examination? This just kills ambitions and dreams and is very unfair to say the least.
PLEASE KEEP YOUR TWO FINGERS TO YOURSELF AND LEAVE THE POOR WOMEN BE!
To watch the full interview by Human Rights go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=oaBFLwD934U
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