Youngsters create WhatsApp group to campaign against virginity tests

Youngsters create WhatsApp group to campaign against virginity tests

Pune (Maharashtra), Jan 16 (ANI): Some youngsters have formed a WhatsApp group called 'Stop the VRitual' to spread awareness about virginity test performed on women. They have also complained to the police officials saying the tradition is against the constitution and illegal. Vivek Tamaichekar, a Masters student at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Mumbai, was the one who formed the WhatsApp group. In Kanjarbhat community, a virginity test is performed on women to regulate their sexual activity and for men to assume control over their sexual behaviour. These are often performed without the woman's consent. As women's bodies become objects of male domination, these tests have been used to justify violence enacted towards them. According to their tradition, the panchayat sits outside a newly-married couple's house or even bedroom before they consummate. The act is performed on a white bedsheet, acting as proof of the bride's virginity the next morning. If the sheet contains a blood stain, the bride passes the test. If it doesn't, she is accused of salacious behaviour followed by a number of social problems.

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