Female police applicants in Indonesia forced to undergo virginity test
Indonesia wants to hire 8,000 more female officers in its national police, but would you apply if you knew that there is a mandatory virginity test? It's an extra test that's in addition to the general physical exam. (Caution: explicit description of the virginity test.)
The requirement for the virginity test is posted on the Indonesian police's official website, which states "...all women who want to become policewomen should keep their virginity." Married women are not eligible to apply.
Human Rights Watch, an international non-governmental organization that conducts research and advocacy on human rights, has condemned the practice as "discriminatory and a form of gender-based violence" and is urging Indonesia to reform its police hiring requirements.
Testimonials from past applicants on a Human Rights Watch video described the "virginity test" as a traumatic experience, conducted in an environment devoid of privacy, and it involved a "two-finger test" that's invasive and painful.
The two-finger test involves the insertion of fingers into the vagina to check for the presence of the hymen, on the assumption that the hymen is only torn as a result of sexual intercourse. Another use of the test is to check the level of vaginal laxity to determine if the female "habituated to sexual intercourse." Medical authorities and opponents of the test have considered the test to be useless since it is based on subjective observation.
In an interview with CNN, senior police officials claimed that the test is conducted to ensure the applicants do not have sexually-transmitted diseases, and they also said that the test is applied to both sexes, although it's unclear how the virginity test is applied to a male.
Currently, three percent of Indonesia's 400,000 police officers are female, and Indonesia wants to increase the female officers to five percent of the force by the end of the year. That would about 8,000 women, or 8,000 more (needless) virginity tests.