Human Rights Watch reveals virginity test for female Indonesian police recruits

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JAKARTA, Indonesia – Here’s a question for you: What do Catarina Migliorini and Alina Percea have in common?

You’re right if you said they auctioned off their virginity online.

But you would be only partly right, because they also have something else in common: They can never be Indonesian police women.

And that’s because the government of Indonesia demands that all their new female national police officers be Certified, Grade A, Number 1 virgins.

Human Rights Watch says a recruit has to endure a physical examination that includes a two-finger check to see if her hymen is intact.

“The two-finger test, which is used to check whether a woman’s hymen is intact as proof of her virginity, is a completely discredited and unscientific practice,” said Nisha Varia of the Women’s Rights Division of HRW.

The Indonesian police put out a statement that said, "As to the examination of virginity, it is just part of the whole medical and physical test, not intended to solely seek for the virginity condition."

A police spokesman also said all recruits have to go through the examination, not just females.

An examination for male virginity. Now there’s a test we’d like to see. Or not.

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