Study grants for virgins ‘illegal’

Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini has slammed as “illegal” a new scholarship scheme for female students who must pass virginity tests during the holidays to receive grant money. Uthukela municipality near Durban city last month awarded “maidens’ bursaries” to 16 university students on condition they remain virgins until they completed their studies. Beneficiaries of the…

Female Indonesian police recruits forced to undergo ‘virginity tests’

Female recruits hoping to join Indonesia’s police force are forced to undergo two-finger “virginity tests”, a rights-group has found, a practice that leaves the young women traumatised, humiliated and in pain. The test is listed publicly as a requirement to enter the force and performed as part of the chief of police’s health inspection guidelines…

Female students in Indonesia may be forced to undergo ‘virginity tests’

An Indonesian official’s 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, described the proposal as “an accurate way to protect children from prostitution…