Lady experiment by prosecutor general and Daikundi.
Despite national and international human rights bodies ‘opposition to testing girls’ virginity in Afghanistan, the test is still widespread in the country.
A number of Afghan girls arrested by police and suspected of virginity on suspicion of illicit intercourse say the difficulties of their lives have now multiplied.
Although the majority of these women have been acquitted after being forced to undergo virginity tests, fewer women are willing to interview.
Yalda, a pseudonym, was arrested two years ago by police after being arrested by a police officer and taken to the prosecutor’s office by a relative of three other young girls.
The lady says the results of her doctor’s tests showed that she was healthy and had been acquitted by nine courts, but that police suspected her life and her family had been destroyed.
Yalda told VOA, “Two years ago, I was riding in a car with three other friends of mine who were friends of mine and I wanted to go home, but the police arrested us and said that you should be tested because we have doubts. “A police suspicion ruins a person’s whole life.”
According to the law in Afghanistan, forensic hygiene testing should be done with forensic medicine, but the lack of forensic medicine in the provinces of the country has made it a test for midwives in hospitals.
Yalda’s mother says after her daughter was admitted to the hospital and prosecutor’s office on suspicion of being a police officer, people’s talk prompted her daughter to leave school.
Yalda’s mother says “how many people were hurt by an inaccurate slander; how many people failed to do so. That’s why my daughter dropped out of school because of people’s chats and quit school.”
The reason for doing a virginity test
According to Bamyan Provincial Hospital figures, at least 5 women are reported to the hospital for virginity testing in a month.
Dr. Bumani, a pediatric obstetrician at Bamyan Hospital, told VOA that “girls generally between the ages of 5 and 5 and most university students and students are brought to the hospital for virginity testing.”
Doctor Bumman adds that the girls’ virginity test can have unfortunate consequences for them, and may even cause mental illness in the future.
Police in Bamyan say they send girls for virginity testing on the basis of information or complaints, and that there will be no testing if there is no complaint.
Colonel Jalil Wathiq, director of the Bamyan Police’s Crime Crimes Division, said: “When a girl is questioned or has a suspicion, the police act and are sent to the hospital for examination for virginity upon request.”
National and international human rights bodies have in recent years called girls’ virginity testing in Afghanistan, sexual harassment of women and violations of their rights. But the phenomenon still exists, including in the provinces, in different provinces of the country, with more girls being victimized.
Afghanistan’s first lady, Roula Ghani, recently is trying to halt virginity tests during Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani’s order.