Mumbai: forcing a woman to undergo virginity test will be a punishable offence in Maharashtra. The government will took decision as certain communities in the state follow a custom whereby a newly-wed woman has to prove that she was virgin prior to the marriage.
The Minister of State for Home, Ranjeet Patil met a delegation of some social organisations on the issue Wednesday. Shiv Sena spokesperson Neelam Gorhe was also a part of the delegation. In a statement Patil said, "Virginity test will be considered a form of sexual assault...after consultations with the Law and Judiciary department, a circular will be issued declaring it a punishable offence. He also said that his department will hold bi-monthly review of cases of sexual assault, and ensure low pendency of such cases in the courts.
The demeaning custom is allegedly followed in the Kanjarbhat community among others. Some youths from the community have launched an online campaign against it.