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Now in South Africa: Scholarships for Virgins

16 girls pledge to 'be pure and focus on school'

(Newser) - A South African mayor has awarded college scholarships to 16 young women for remaining virgins to encourage others to be "pure and focus on school," her rep said Sunday. Each year the mayor's office awards scholarships to more than 100 promising high school and university students in... More »

Would-Be Cops Face Indonesia's 'Virginity Test'

Female applicants still undergo 'demeaning' test: human rights group

(Newser) - Women hoping to become police officers in Indonesia need to be strong, healthy—and should have an intact hymen, officials say, to determine whether or not they are moral. The revelation has sparked a new round of debates about women's rights in this highly conservative nation, the New York ... More »

Planned Virginity Tests in School Spark Brouhaha

Indonesian education chief's idea doesn't go over well

(Newser) - It's a decidedly more invasive test than one usually finds in schools: Sumatran education chief Muhammad Rasyid wants female high school students to undergo mandatory virginity tests "to protect children from prostitution and free sex," the Guardian reports. Al-Jazeera notes that he's backed off the idea... More »

Egypt Court Clears Doc of 'Virginity Tests'

Doctor had given forced tests on female protesters last year

(Newser) - An Egyptian army doctor who infamously carried out forced "virginity tests" on several protesters last March during the democratic uprisings, has been acquitted in a military court, reports the BBC . Samira Ibrahim, a protester who said she was subjected to the forced examination, brought legal action against the doctor,... More »

Egypt Court Outlaws Military's Virginity Tests

Female protesters complained of being detained, assaulted

(Newser) - A court in Egypt has brought an end to a military tactic used to humiliate women arrested during protests: Virginity tests are no longer allowed, report CNN and al-Jazeera . A 25-year-old woman sued after she got arrested in March and had to undergo the procedure in front of a room... More »

General: Egypt Carried Out 'Virginity Tests' on Protesters

Official admits Amnesty report is true

(Newser) - An Egyptian general has admitted that female protesters were forced to submit to "virginity tests" after being arrested in Cairo's Tahrir Square. The senior general defended the tests, which were carried out on women arrested a few weeks after Hosni Mubarak's ouster, CNN report. "The girls... More »

Files Reveal 'Virginity Tests' on Immigrants in UK in '70s

Procedure checked out wanna-be brides from South Asia

(Newser) - The British government is being called on to apologize to South Asian women who were ordered to undergo "virginity tests" by immigration officials. At least 80 women from India and Pakistan attempting to emigrate to Britain to marry were examined by immigration docs in the late 1970s to “... More »

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