India’s Kanjarbhat’s tradition: Where brides have to pass a ‘virginity test’ in front of the whole community [VIDEO]
The test is nothing but a violation of an individual's bodily integrity as well as disrespect to this sacred relationship.
Despite the loud discussions and debates on human rights across the world, a number of outdated and orthodox practices are still in fashion in most parts. Previously, we have talked about Bulgaria’s brides market that is still continued to this day, but unfortunately, that is only one example of the several customs that have prevailed and survived, showing no flexibility to the developing societies.
Among these is the virginity test for brides, that is still in practice in India’s Kanjarbhat community. A member of the community says:
‘’Virginity test is a character certificate of the woman even the bride keeps the cloth with her bloodstains as a memento of pride’’ (Source: The Indian Express)
The awful tradition caught the world’s attention after a viral video made it through to the social media platforms. The video shot was by an Arts student, Siddhanth, and includes the live footage of the test being performed.
In the video, an elderly man of the community can be seen announcing‘’Maal khara hai’’ which means that the woman is good and pure.
Siddhanth said that his Uncle and Aunt, Aruna and Krishna Indrekar refused to take the test and fought against the tradition. The couple said that after closely examining and studying about it, they have reached the conclusion that the female bodies vary and don’t always react the same way.
Hence, the test is nothing but a violation of an individual’s bodily integrity as well as disrespect to this sacred relationship. They went for a registered court marriage that led to them being abandoned by their own families as well.
Krishna told that anyone who tries to take a stance against it is subjected to a social boycott by the community. Once a woman refused to accept the decision of the panchayat that declared her characterless on her wedding night. After months of hearings, when they couldn’t reach a logical conclusion, they asked her to hold a burning metal ball in her hands, saying that if she’s pure, she won’t burn herself. Obviously, her hands were burnt and she was declared guilty.
India is leading a fight to ban this humiliating custom and has started raising voice against it. However, until the day they are successful in it, thousands of women have already fallen prey to it.
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