November 20, 2014
Indonesia: Virginity test to confirm cadets’ morality: Police
The National Police has confirmed that the virginity test on female cadets is used to measure their physical fitness as well as their morality. Head of the National Police law division, Insp. Gen, Moechgiyarto, said Wednesday that the virginity test, which is conducted only by female physicians at police-operated hospitals, is the norm in the force.
“The procedure has been practiced for a long time. We need to check the quality [of the candidates] by checking their virginity,” Moechgiyarto told reporters on the sidelines of a discussion in Kuningan, South Jakarta.
He said that the chief objective of the test was to ensure that female cadets lived up to high moral standards.
“If she [a candidate] turns out to be a prostitute, then how could we accept her for the job?” he said.
Rights campaigners have slammed the practice saying that it is degrading to women.
The latest report by Human Rights Watch (HRW), a New York-based rights group, revealed that in the virginity test taken for the National Police recruitment process, a female doctor inserts two fingers into the candidates’ vagina to check the level of vaginal laxity. Female police and police cadets have said that the “two-finger” examination left them traumatized, humiliated and in pain.
Moechgiyarto shrugged off the HRW’s criticism that the practice violated women’s rights
Source: The Jakarta Post, November 20, 2014, page 2.
Yuliasri Perdani and Hans Nicholas Jong