Maharashtra will be the first to delete the virginity test from textbooks
MUMBAI: Soon The Controversial" Virginity Test" Or" Two-finger Test" Will No Longer Be Taught To Medical Students In The State. A Curriculum Panel From The University Of Health Sciences (MUHS) Has Given Permission To Remove Chapters On The Test From Textbooks, Following A Petition From A Wardha Physician That It Was Unscientific, Investigating Sexual Violence And Not Helping In Any Way.
Perhaps The First In The Country To Do That, The Decision Was Made During A Meeting Of The Board Of Studies In April. The Final Decision Is Taken By The MUHS Academic Council Before The Change Is Displayed In The Handbooks." Yes, A Provisional Decision Has Been Taken To Remove The Two Finger Test. The Recommendation Is Submitted To The Academic Council. It Has Long Been Proven That The Test Has No Scientific Basis," Said Dr. KD Chavan, Registrar, MUHS.
In December 2018 Dr. Indrajit Khandekar, Who Teaches Forensic Medicine At The Mahatma Gandhi Institute Of Medical Sciences, Sewagram, At The Medical Council Of India, The Ministry Of Health Of The Union And MUHS, Pointing Out That Several Chapters Were Devoted To Teaching Future Doctors About ' Virginity ', His' External And Internal' Signs And The Role Of Peritoneal. On The Basis Of These Chapters, Questions About Virginity During Exams Are Routinely Asked. The Books Only Spoke About Female Virginity And Even Had Chapters And Vivid Infographics That Made A Distinction Between A" Real Virgin" And" False Virgin."
" The Test Is Completely Unscientific And Leads To Gender Discrimination And A Woman's Murder. There Is No Investigation That Tells The Test Can Convincingly Say Who A Virgo Is And Who Is Not. Quite The Contrary, Studies Have Demonstrated That An Inspection Of The Peritoneum Is Not A Proof Can Deliver For Vaginal Penetration And Abnormal Hymenal Characteristics Such As Cracks Or An Enlarged Opening Can Be Found With Or Without A History Of Sexual Activity," Dr. Explained. Khandekar To TOI. His Petition To All Authorities Was Based On Studies Of Nearly 30 MBBS And Forensic Medicine Post-graduation School Books In The Market." More Troubling Is The Inclusion Of" Signs Of Virginity" In The Medical Curriculum Has Created The Wrong Impression And Continues To Create In" The Spirit Of Doctors And The Public That Is Scientific. So Much So That Courts Command Them Despite The Fact That The Supreme Court Forbids It In 2013," He Said. Maharashtra Was One Of The First States To Implement The Ban And To Change Medical-legal Proformas.
Forensic Experts Have Praised The Review Of The Curriculum. Dr. Rajesh Dere, Professor And Head Of Forensic Medicine At Sion Hospital, Said That The Use Of The Test Was Completely Stopped At Medical Colleges." But Some Rural Centers Can Still Use It. It Is Time To Remove The Mention Of The Test From Textbooks ," He Said. Padma Bhate-Deosthali Of The Center For Inquiry In Health And Allied Themes (CEHAT), Which Has Recently Worked With The Directorate Of Medical Education And Research (DMER) And MUHS On Modules To Bring Gender Perspective For Medical Education, Said Forensic Medicine Textbooks Have Started Talking About How The Test Is Illegal.