India is indeed a land of difference with variations- it is the land of erotic temple sculptures, and at the same time, it is the land where” Virginity of a woman” and “purity” are kept in the same physical balance and given a great deal of importance.
The view of virginity has arguably the most conservative even in modern India, it is directly linked to the moral values and principles. Even today, we can see various news cropping up about “virginity tests” of women conducted in different parts of India.
A girl is considered to be virgin only if her hymen is intact, but in research says that hymen is extremely sensitive that it can be broken while dancing, playing sports, sitting astride on two-wheelers etc.
Do you know? There are different types of virginity tests that women are undergone even today. Some of them are listed here.
1- Pani ki Dheej (Purity by water)
In certain communities to certify a woman is a virgin, their make woman holds her breath underwater while a person walks a hundred steps. This practice was later denied by The International Rehabilitation Centre for torture victims by describing the act as a “gross violation of women’s rights and one that may amount to ill-treatment and torture under international law.”
2- Agni Pariksha (Trial by fire)
Next comes the agni pariksha, in this test, the woman has to carry a red-hot iron pot in hand and walk on a fire mat. If she fails to complete the task or leave it in mid-way then she is considered impure. The failed woman are forced to disclose the name of the person with whom she had sexual relationship.
3- Kukri ki rasam (Blood Stain in Bed-sheet)
This is a commonly known test to find out whether a bride is a virgin or not. On the day of marriage first night, a white sheet or thread is placed on the bed, when the newly wed couple consummates their marriage life. The next day morning, the family elders locate the traces of blood on it. If they find the blood-stains then it is proved that the girl was a virgin.
4- Two finger test
This two finger test was actually conducted on rape victims earlier which was held by Supreme court itself in past. In this two finger test, women actually search for hymen with the help of two fingers and this has proven to be completely unscientific.
And the list goes on… If a woman fails to clear any of these tests then she is considered to be impure and obliged to announce the person name with whom she had a pre-marital sexual relationship. And the in-laws have to decide whether the bride can be in their family or not.
As this kind of virginity tests reduces the women dignity and hurts they self-respect, these practices are reducing gradually. With the rise of sex education in early ages, Indian youngsters are developing an open mindset towards sex and started considering that virginity alone is not a necessary quality of their spouse.
Though this generation is developing an open-mindset towards virginity and sexual affairs, this situation needs to gradually reach a point where people understand that it is an individual choice to remain a “virgin” or not and it is not a symbol of identification of a girl’s character and purity.