Holy Hormones Journal: Off with their heads! (Both of them!) Shame and horror. Having to be tested throughout high school to see your hymen has been broken? By whom? Some man? Or a she/man? And what if a young girl has been raped – through intercourse; incest – of finger mutilation, fondling. What if her hymen has been broken. What if her hymen is broken during the exam?
Once again – boys/men are not accountable – and once again – in the name of patriarchal protection, someone else has their fingers in our pelvic goldmines.
Maybe this picture will show you how women have endured such unrighteous grievances.
Female students in Indonesia may be forced to undergo ‘virginity tests’
Indonesia’s education chief Muhammad Rasyid has drafted plans to ‘protect children from prostitution and free sex’
Kate Hodal, Bangkok
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.
The proposal seems to be in response to increasing cases of premarital sex, local website Kompas reported, including the recent arrest of six senior high school students for alleged prostitution.
It is the third plan of its kind in Muslim-majority Indonesia, where similar drafts were proposed in West Java in 2007, and again in Sumatra in 2010, but dropped after a public outcry.
Local and national MPs, activists, rights groups and even the local Islamic advisory council have all denounced Rasyid’s plan as potentially denying female students the universal right to education, in addition to targeting girls for an act that may not have even been consensual, such as sexual assault.
“There are female students who may have lost their virginity due to an accident − it is not their fault,” South Sumatra legislative council deputy speaker HA Djauhari told local media.
The National Commission for Child Protection also denounced the plan as an attempt to curry “popularity” among religious conservatives, and called the move “excessive”.