Indonesia: Military Chief Defends Virginity Tests on Females

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As an international outcry erupts over the Indonesian’s army’s decision to subject all potential female recruits to an invasive virginity test, the country’s top general  commended the practice saying, “So what’s the problem? It’s a good thing, so why criticize it?”

Speaking to reporters outside the state palace, General Moeldoko further remarked that while the “test” had no connection to a woman’s aptitude to be a member of the armed forces, it nevertheless was a “measure of morality. There is no other way.”

The test, which medical practitioners say cannot determine if a girl has ever had sexual relations, is administered in a humiliating procedure known as the two-finger physical exam.

Human Rights Watch condemned the test as “discriminatory and invasive” and demanded that Indonesia drop the practice.

Indonesia also carries out virginity tests on female police recruits. They have also proposed in the past carrying them out on high school students aged 16-18 as well.

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Meira Svirsky

Meira Svirsky is the editor of ClarionProject.org

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