It’s shocking that virginity tests are still a thing. While women across the world are fighting for equality, the recruitment process for women at the Indonesian police force includes a virginity test.
Women applying to get into the Indonesian police are forced to go through the ‘two-finger test’, which is conducted by inserting two fingers inside the vagina to check if the hymen is broken or not. Besides going through the virginity test, women are required to be ‘pretty’ in order to be recruited.
As per a report in ABC News, women are being tested informally as there is no official requirement for such a test to be conducted. But it is still conducted under the guise of ‘morality or physical examination’.
An Indonesian woman, Zakia, who failed the test earlier this year, has filed a complaint to the Human Rights Watch informing them about it. She further reported that the test was not conducted by a professional doctor.
Zaika, who is a martial arts athlete, claimed that she felt a persistent pain in her vagina after performing a split, which could possibly be a reason of how she tore her hymen. She even informed the interviewer the same thing but was still not allowed to proceed to the second round of the recruitment procedure.
Though virginity test is no longer official in the recruitment process, vaginal and hymen examinations are still a key part of police recruitment in the country.