Doctor asks MCI to drop virginity test from medical syllabus
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A Maharashtra-based forensic medicine professor has submitted a report to the Medical Council of India (MCI) seeking removal of the "virginity test" from the medical curriculum, claiming it had no scientific basis.

Dr. Indrajit Khandekar, professor of forensic medicine at Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences (MGIMS) in Maharashtra's Sewagram, has prepared a detailed report highlighting the unscientific basis of the "virginity test", reasons for seeking its removal from the syllabus and how it violates human rights and leads to gender discrimination.

Dr. Khandekar said he submitted copies of the report to the MCI, Union ministries of health as well as women and child development and Maharashtra University of Health Sciences Registrar Dr. K D Chavhan on December 26.

The "virginity test" is an examination of female genitalia to determine whether a woman or girl has had vaginal intercourse. In rape cases this is done to identify whether the victim was habitual to sexual intercourse or not, he said.

In his report, Khandekar stresses that the "virginity test" is not a useful clinical tool and can be physically, psychologically and socially distressing for the examinee. According to the report, the test cannot give decisive evidence of vaginal intercourse or any other sexual history.

Dr. Khandekar stated that due to the inclusion of the test in the medical syllabus of the MCI, almost all the textbooks of forensic medicine, that are part of the MBBS course, include its details, signs and medico-legal aspects.

Some textbooks even give details about "false virgin" and "true virgin", he said, adding that none of them quote any scientific literature or study to support their statements.

None of these textbooks have laid down anything for virginity test for males, he added.

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Dr. S●●●●●v S●●●●●1
Dr. S●●●●●v S●●●●●1 Obstetrics and Gynaecology
I congratulate Dr.Khandekar for the benevolent act he is doing by asking the MCI to outrightly delete the virginity test from medical curriculum. Actually there is no scientific basis of this test as the doctor who gives his findings and his opinion is thoroughly confused because the lady who has given her consent(because one cannot examine her without consent) knows very well how to react to insertion of one or two fingers into her introitus and basing on her reaction the doctor mostly gives his/her opinion. In most of girls hymen is not present and various nomenclatures of hymen is purely imaginary. It is no better than guesswork or pure luck that the findings and opinion coincide with actual state of the affairs. Thanks to the Indian judiciary system that very little importance is given to our findings and opinion and thus the very sin we do by giving a wrong opinion nobody is punished in the long run and nobody blames us. Matters are decided basing on other facts. But I must blame the very persons who have incorporated such vague examinations in the legal system which has no basis at all. I welcome those who agree with me. ... Read more
Dec 31, 2018Like7
Dr. N●●●●a G●●●a
Dr. N●●●●a G●●●a Obstetrics and Gynaecology
?A bold and imp step,moreover it was always with several flaws and is emotionally challeging for the lady and her family
Dec 31, 2018Like3
Dr. P●●●●●●●●h S●●h
Dr. P●●●●●●●●h S●●h Pathology
I' m sure many forensic textbooks mention about the pitfalls of ' virginity test' . Many physical acitivities viz. cycling, swimming, or even masturbation can tear the hymen and can give false results. This move is highly welcome. However, forensic textbooks must include in them some information about issues like genital mutilation of women, which is rampant in some parts and communities of the world. For a forensic expert, what goes on in the underbelly of the society is of utmost importance as that is where the strange and the bizarre happenings take place most often. Thank you for reading!... Read more
Dec 31, 2018Like3