Afghan Ban on Virginity Testing

Marking a long-fought victory for human rights campaigners, Afghanistan has enacted an official public health policy aimed at halting virginity testing in clinics and hospitals.

Condemned by the WHO, the invasive procedure has persisted despite a 2016 ban, landing scores of women and girls in crammed jail cells for “failing” virginity tests which check whether the hymen is intact.

This latest policy is “a major breakthrough because public health policy in Afghanistan is strong and respected both in government and Taliban areas,” says Farhad Javid of Marie Stopes Afghanistan, which will work with medical staff across the country to ensure the policy is followed.

The Guardian

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