That’s how to make girls eager to go to school – force them to undergo “virginity” tests. Way to go, Indonesia.
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.”
Stupid thug. Having a right to one’s own virginity is not the same thing as being forcibly “tested” for it as a condition of attending school. That in fact is the opposite of a right to one’s own virginity, since the school is in effect raping the students by “testing” them.
And why just girls? Why is it only women who have a “right” to virginity?
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.
It would cut down on “rampant” female education, too.
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.
Good. Let’s hope they prevail.