Female students in Indonesia may be forced to undergo ‘virginity tests’

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A plan to make female high school students undergo mandatory virginity tests has been met with outrage from activists, who argue that it discriminates against women and violates their human rights.


Education chief Muhammad Rasyid, of Prabumulih district in south Sumatra put forward the idea, describing it as "an accurate way to protect children from prostitution and free sex". He said he would use the city budget to begin tests early next year if MPs approved the proposal.

"This is for their own good," Rasyid said. "Every woman has the right to virginity … we expect students not to commit negative acts."

The test would require female senior school students aged 16 to 19 to have their hymen examined every year until graduation. Boys, however, would undergo no investigation into whether they had had sex.

The plan has met with some support from local politicians, who said the test would help cut down on "rampant" promiscuity in the district.

"Virginity is sacred, thus it's a disgrace for a [female] student to lose her virginity before getting married," Hasrul Azwar of the Islamist Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) told the Jakarta Post.

Written By: Kate Hodal
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  1. It would be interesting to look into the minds of the men who are most vocal in the condemnation of women.Also, to follow them around for a certain period of time and see what they get up to.

    • In reply to #2 by Christiana Magdalene Moodley:

      It would be interesting to look into the minds of the men who are most vocal in the condemnation of women.Also, to follow them around for a certain period of time and see what they get up to.

      When I read “minds” I thought “brains” and assumed that you were advocating vivisection.

      What a wonderful idea.

    • Perhaps a reality TV show following the Islamist Prosperous Justice Party for a few weeks?

      In reply to #2 by Christiana Magdalene Moodley:

      It would be interesting to look into the minds of the men who are most vocal in the condemnation of women.Also, to follow them around for a certain period of time and see what they get up to.

  2. And what pervert performs these annual examinations, or reviews the lists of girls who fail?

    I can easily see women, perhaps virgins, being blackmailed into sex to avoid public shame of being labelled non-virgin.

    Hide a salamander up there to gross the interrogator out.

    • In reply to #3 by Roedy:

      I can easily see women, perhaps virgins, being blackmailed into sex to avoid public shame of being labelled non-virgin.

      I don’t think you quite got the gist of the article. This is about the public shame of not being virginal, not being virginal.

  3. Yes, a woman does have a right to her virginity. Are these bigots going to apply this same logic when it comes to preventing forced marriages? Will they start properly punishing the rapists who take it from them? I doubt it very much somehow.

  4. well at least now if you want to stop women having an education you can just rape them instead of killing them

    what’s important in any good islamic society, is not that women are uneducated, but there is a legal mechanism to stop them being educated that can be employed when needed.

    I can see a future where girls discussing their future saying things like “well I’m considering home economics, much lower chance of being gang raped or I could study science with an additional kung fu module”

  5. It is the sad bastards that revere and place a premium on female virginity who are most concerned with destroying it. Here is one such tosser:
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    “Virginity is sacred, thus it’s a disgrace for a [female] student to lose her virginity before getting married,” Hasrul Azwar of the Islamist Prosperous Justice Party (PKS)
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    Looks like it is perfectly OK for a man to lose his virginity but given the unavailability of women because they are all too busy being virgins and what with one man having more wives than he can cope with in a week it poses a problem so to make sure they get one that’s really untouched they marry a 10 year old.

    One real issue here (besides this appalling treatment of women) is that hymen are naturally ruptured through exercise so how are the tossers going to cope with that? Maybe the victim without an intact hymen will be accused of zina and taken out and stoned to death or as someone as suggested blackmailed. There can be no appeal, after all they are not going to examine her to see if she is an athlete, its sole purpose is the presupposition that if she doesn’t have a hymen then she must be a fornicator and an abomination.

    This is not an entirely Islamic ideal though they have probably the most radical ways of dealing with it. It is another persistent Abrahamic cult mental aberration about treating women as possessions instead of people.

    Plenty of xtians condemned unmarried mothers to lives in Magdalene laundries and mental institutions as moral degenerates. Mothers and fathers packed off their daughters to unmarried mothers refuges so that they wouldn’t bring shame on them.

  6. What would make such a person reconsider their position? I’m not sure I even understand why they think this way in the first place. It certainly seems like the opinion of a very shallow person. Is it just down to empathy? If so, how do you get them to see that these young women also have rich inner lives?

  7. I actually misread “Hasrul Azwar of the Islamist Prosperous Justice Party”. I thought it said “Preposterous”, and then thought, It probably should have.

    So many good points already raised, I’ll try not to crumble into abuse of this religious disgrace. So, I must now click ‘Submit’.

    Will only add, that post #5′s reply to post #3 made my head hurt and I still can’t figure it out. I thought Roedy nailed it, but Katy’s normally fastidious with word play. “Labelled” in Roedy’s second sentence seems to do away with Katy’ second sentence?

  8. Religion will never make a woman equal to men until you challenge the belief system. By challenging the reasons behind this stupid ideal which regards women as baggage only to be opened when marriage take place, must come about those intelligent enough to questions the motives of men. What is wrong with a woman who is not a virgin. Young people need to question why men are top dog in their society.

  9. It seems that this has been common in parts of Africa for some time!

    http://www.reunionblackfamily.com/apps/photos/photo?photoid=164135711

    http://www.africanspotlight.com/2012/12/23/virginity-test-my-pants-had-blood-stains-pupil/

    ..and elsewhere:-

    http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/rights/iraqi-women-forced-undergo-virginity-testing

    The virginity tests are not new phenomenon in Iraq, and have been used for years to determine a woman’s virginity, yet they were generally done on requests from male relatives or husbands, not the courts. It’s a common practice across the region, and has come under fire this year in Egypt as well, after protesters in Tahrir Sq. were forced to undergo virginity tests after being detained by military forces.

    • In reply to #19 by CH1954:

      Why are there any female muslims? Why? And why do they defend it?

      I will respond to this with a curious case from personal experience. A former workplace acquaintance, a sort of barista/receptionist, loans us a fair tale. She was a member of the female gender the likes of which tend to infuriate most women. Hoping for a housewife position, a recipient of breast implants, holder of qualifications as a make-up artist, and one who seemed to have more days off than on. She was not the go-to person when one craved intelligent conversation. She was though, a friendly soul, always up for a chat. Vain, but also kind and polite. Fastidious regarding her dress and grooming, she took pride in her appearance and seemed to adore ‘fashion’.
      Incredibly suddenly, probably 2 months since she was single, she was suddenly married.
      Someone later informed me she is now covered by the full veil and regalia her muslim husband demanded. We never saw her again. I was reliably informed her resignation came as consequence, her husband says she is not allowed to work. Nobody I know, who used to know her, has ever heard from her again.

      Goes to show business-class tickets are sending agents of religious-backed misogyny to rob first-world women of their freedom.

      So to answer the question, at least in a first-world setting; there are female muslims because male muslims take them, keep them, and silence them.

  10. Only women are viewed as disgraceful if they commit a ‘natural act’…but men – as always – make the rules that they themselves are not included in – Hypocrits…..Women have the right to virginity …What ??? does this make any sense ?? they also have a right to not be interfered with by the seedy law-makers who want to check out their ‘bits’…who has That right – the men ??? creepy !
    Ultimately its a woman’s choice if she sleeps with someone or not, but the dominant religious men cant stand that idea and exert control over everything…..Anyway girls – Virginity is overrated – but Freedom from control is Everything…

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