Stop vir­gin­ity test­ing, de­mands rights group

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JAKARTA: In­done­sia must stop sub­ject­ing fe­male po­lice re­cruits to phys­i­cal tests in an ef­fort to de­ter­mine whether they are vir­gins, a lead­ing hu­man rights group said yes­ter­day, de­scrib­ing the prac­tice as de­grad­ing and dis­crim­i­na­tory.

Hu­man Rights Watch said in a re­port that such tests were a long-stand­ing prac­tice in In­done­sia, where pa­tri­ar­chal at­ti­tudes and prac­tices in the se­cu­rity forces were common.

The re­port was based on in­ter­views with fe­male of­fi­cers and po­lice ap­pli­cants in six In­done­sian ci­ties who had un­der­gone the so-called two-fin­ger test to de­ter­mine whether their hy­mens were in­tact.

The re­quire­ment is also posted on the jobs web­site. Yes­ter­day it read: “In ad­di­tion to the med­i­cal and phys­i­cal tests, women who want to be po­lice­women must also un­dergo vir­gin­ity tests. So all women who want to be­come po­lice­women should keep their vir­gin­ity.” – Sapa-AP

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