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Virginity tests humiliating, Indonesian police must stop it: HRW
Wednesday November 19, 2014 6:37 AM, AFP

Indonesia's national police were urged Tuesday to halt virginity tests for women applying to join the force in the country with Human Rights Watch saying the practice was harmful and humiliating.

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The rights group said women applicants are required to be both unmarried and virgins, and the virginity test is still widely used despite the insistence of some senior police officials that the practice has been discontinued.

In a series of interviews with HRW, young women — including some who underwent the test as recently as this year — described the procedure as painful and traumatic.

The women told how they were forced to strip naked before female medics.

"I don't want to remember those bad experiences. It was humiliating," said one 19-year-woman who took the test in the city of Pekanbaru, on western Sumatra island, and whose identity was not disclosed.

"Why should we take off our clothes in front of strangers? It is not necessary. I think it should be stopped."

Nisha Varia, associate women's rights director at HRW, described the tests as "a discriminatory practice that harms and humiliates women."



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