In Indonesia Student Relieved Over Virginity Test Plans

According to a high-ranking official in Indonesia, high-school girls will not be subjected to virginity test before they can graduate as earlier proposed by a politician.

  • Published:
Students In Indonesia play

Students In Indonesia

(JakartaPost)
24/7 Live - Subscribe to the Pulse Newsletter!

An MP in the Jember local parliament on the main island of Java, last week put forward a regulation on "good conduct" that included forcing female students to pass a virginity test before they could complete high school. This sparked an outcry.

According to the politician, the move was aimed at tackling pre-marital sex in conservative Indonesia, which has the world's biggest Muslim population.

But rights groups and Islamic authorities alike reacted furiously, prompting officials in Jember to swiftly distance themselves from the plan.

Kusen Andalas, deputy head of the district, insisted on Wednesday that the proposal would not go ahead: "I don't think it is ethical to carry out such tests, it is against people's rights."

The parliament's deputy speaker, Ayub Junaidi, had already reportedly apologised for the comments and said no such bylaw would be enacted.

Human Rights Watch deputy director for Asia, Phelim Kine, described the proposal as "appalling", adding: "The Indonesian government's tolerance for this violence against women and girls needs to end."

The issue of virginity tests has caused controversy in Indonesia before.

In 2013, the education chief of a city on western Sumatra island sparked outrage by suggesting that teenage schoolgirls should undergo virginity tests to enter senior high school.

The police faced criticism last year after a study said female applicants to the force were subjected to such examinations.

Recommended Articles

Recommended Videos





Top Articles

1 J.J Rawlings This is the surprise 70th birthday gift of Rawlings [Photos]bullet
2 Crash Vehicle of IGP involved in accidentbullet
3 Bin Atef Ex-Gitmo detainee marries in Ghanabullet
4 Zanetor Rawlings' daughter throws him a birthday party [Photos]bullet
5 Visa row: Ablakwa condemns US embassy over new visa policybullet
6 US Embassy Former presidents, Ministers, MPs to queue for visasbullet
7 Adult Content NMC stops TV stations showing pornographybullet
8 NPP Government Ghanaians don’t want Abraham Attah as free...bullet
9 Video Man busted with over 60 'stolen' State cars tells...bullet
10 Adult Content We will continue showing porn on TV - Ice TVbullet

Top Videos

1 Lynched Soldier Listen to the man who hit Capt. Mahama's head with a blockbullet
2 Prophecy Hundreds will die in floods in 2017 – Prophet revealsbullet
3 Capt. Mahama's Death The account of this 10-year-old will leave you...bullet
4 Lynched Soldier Residents of Denkyira-Obuasi mourn Maj. Mahamabullet
5 Meet "The Beast" President Obama's Cadillac that's more tank...bullet
6 Nigerians stop deportation of chained compatriot in KLM flightbullet
7 In Zimbabwe President Mugabe’s 70 year-old aide marries his...bullet
8 Ghana@60 Agya Koo embarrassed Ghana at Independence Day -...bullet
9 Video Four suspects arrested for Captain Mahama's deathbullet
10 Watch Stop taking collection in churches -TB Joshua to...bullet

News