The move to make virginity testing of high school girl students in Indonesia mandatory has drawn flak from activists, arguing it as discrimination against women and violation of human rights.
Muhammad Rasyid, chief of education in south Sumatra’s Prabumulih district, proposed the idea. Describing it as the best option to protect children against free sex and prostitution, he said that the city budget could be made use of and tests could be started by early next year, if approval was accorded to the proposal by the MPs.
Rasyid was quoted as saying that the virginity test was proposed for the good of the children. He also added that virginity is a right of every woman and students are not expected to commit negative acts.
As per the requirement of the test, female school students in the age group of 16 to 19 years would have to undergo hymen examination every year till they completed their graduation. On the other hand, boys would not be examined to know whether they had sex or not.
Local politicians have supported the proposal as it would be helpful in cutting down the promiscuity raging in the district. However, Agung Laksono, Coordinating Minister for People’s Welfare, ordered the Education Minister Mohammad to reject Rasyid’s proposal.
Islamist Prosperous Justice Party member Hasrul Azwar told Jakarta Post that virginity is sacred and it is disgraceful if a student lost her virginity prior to marriage.
Just in case anybody believed that it was only Fundamentalist Christians who were obsessed with the sex life of teenagers.
Interesting that it is ONLY the girls who have to be subjected to the humiliation of being probed in their private parts every year in order to prove they are still "pure."
Of course how COULD they test a boy to see if he had been sexually active? By the shit eating grin on his face?
I would like to remind you that the entire reason for this obsession about female virginity is due to the ancient misunderstanding which believed that male sperm lived inside of a woman's vagina for months, if not years, and therefore once wed an "impure" woman could give birth to the child from their previous lover rather than the child of the husband. For that reason her virginity, her purity, was considered an object of barter to get the highest bride price possible for her father.
The fact that it is still considered such a precious commodity is a testament to the primitive nature of certain communities around the world.
In 2013 we should be well past such antiquated belief systems. But religion continues to hold too much sway over the simple minded.