Virginity test remains a controversial subject, especially when this phrase is used and brought up when the conversation is about rape victims. Virginity testing is controversial because of two main reasons: both because of its implications for the tested girls and women and because it is viewed as unethical. In cases of suspected rape or child sexual abuse, a detailed examination of the hymen may be performed, but the condition of the hymen alone is often inconclusive. These tests have been done in more than 20 countries unfortunately and the bases for this inhumane test in not religious.
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The woman or girl coming for her testing would lie down and spread her legs wide open. The tester would then open your vagina like when you enlarge something on your touchscreen phone with both hands in the vaginal opening. She would look inside, apparently to see if your hymen see box on the next page was still intact, or if the size of the vaginal opening had been enlarged by a penis. Amanda Ndlangisa 26 is a producer at a popular TV station. Her experience of virginity testing was slightly different. Nana Buthelezi 25 values the procedure. Dr Fuziwe Dlakavu, a medical doctor specialising as a gynaecologist at a Johannesburg hospital, says there is no science behind virginity testing.
‘Virginity testing’: a human rights violation, with no scientific basis - UN
A group of United Nations agencies has issued a joint statement calling for a ban on tests meant to assess the virginity of a girl or a woman, which is a common practice in at least 20 countries. The statement, which was issued during the World Congress of Gynecology and Obstetrics FIGO in Rio de Janeiro, stresses that such tests are both unscientific, and a violation of human rights. The practice is a long-standing tradition documented in at least 20 countries, spanning all regions of the world. Women and girls are often forced to undergo virginity testing for various reasons, including requests from parents or potential partners to establish marriage eligibility or even from potential employers.
Virginity testing is a culturally-mediated practice that is poorly understood by western clinicians and is considered a human rights violation by major international groups. Global migration has increased requests for virginity testing in the west, but it also has been anecdotally reported in non-immigrant populations, such as the Orthodox Jewish community and among certain Christian fundamentalist groups. As a practicing clinician for over 20 years, I have been confronted with requests for virginity testing, but had no practical guidance from medical organizations. After contemplation and discussion with colleagues, we established patient-focused practical guidelines.