These discussions will then raise enlightened, educated students who are aware of their bodies. Mass release of detainees stirs hopes that international criticism may be working. In some cases, the women are victims of rape. Now, the Afghanistan arm of the reproductive and sexual health nonprofit Marie Stopes believes a new public health policy has finally put the end of the practice within sight, the Guardian reported. In October, year-old Rokhsana was stoned to death by Taliban militants in the same province after having been accused of having premarital sex. Sign up.
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The shame of Afghanistan's virginity tests
Historically, efforts to alter the status of women in a deeply male-dominated culture have drawn strong adverse reactions. By Daniele Selby. Even being accused of having sex outside marriage can have dire consequences. Take Action: However, those responsible for carrying out the tests deny that women are examined in the presence of others without their permission, or that any internal examination was carried out. That was months after President Ashraf Ghani had promised rights activists that forensic virginity tests — an invasive examination to check whether the hymen is intact — would be abolished as an official procedure. And in August, also in Ghor Province, a young man and woman found guilty of having sex outside marriage were lashed publicly.
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