By M Ilyas KhanBBC Information, Islamabad
Peoples liberties campaigners have welcomed a determination by way of A pakistani court outlawing alleged “virginity tests” in rape exams. The ruling, which applies in Punjab province, will end the training of real checks for an intact hymen additionally the invasive “two-finger test”. The Lahore tall Court judge, Ayesha Malik stated the tests were “humiliating” and “had no forensic value”. The ruling accompanied two petitions filed in Punjab province by legal rights activists.
Campaigners have long demanded a finish to virginity tests included in the medical assessment in rape instances, saying they usually have no basis that is scientific.
Monday’s ruling is applicable in Punjab but may serve as a precedent for petitions various other provincial high courts. a petition that is similar presently pending when you look at the Sindh tall Court. Sameer Khosa, legal counsel representing the petitioners when you look at the Lahore instance, told the BBC the ruling had “established extremely demonstrably that the virginity test does not have any forensic value whatever the case involving intimate physical violence”. Mr Khosa stated he hoped the appropriate authorities would “reset their procedures into the light of the ruling and leave behind the virginity tests forever”.
What exactly is a two-finger test?
The “two-finger test” is completed manually by placing a couple of hands into a female’s vagina to try for the laxity and also for the existence of a hymen – in theory to find out set up girl is intimately active also to what extent. Some health practitioners claim the test can determine if a female happens to be penetrated for the time that is first as well as the test has been utilized to discredit victims of rape who’re judged to be intimately experienced.