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The issue of getting virginity test and virginity repair is becoming popular again in Britain. Now, the doctors in the UK are protesting the test on many grounds.
Last month, a committee of parliamentarians had moved a resolution to criminalize the virginity test conducted by few private clinics. However, the doctors argue that there is no use in making a law about the virginity test until the faux operations are carried out in the name of ‘virginity repair’. The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) has warned and demanded a strict ban on virginity repair surgery.
Doctors point out the irony in this law as they plan on banning the virginity test, but there is no restriction on the process of ‘virginity repair’. In virginity repair surgery known as hymenoplasty, a layer of the skin of the vagina is repaired, so the hymen does not look broken. In Britain, most girls and women are forced to go under the knife either by their parents or relatives to make them appear completely virgin. In a report, 22 private clinics were revealed that charged heavy amounts for hymenoplasty.
The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists says that efforts to ban virginity testing will go in vain if a halt is not put on the process of virginity repair. They also believe that virginity testing and hymenoplasty are harmful practices that tarnish social, cultural and political values. They also provide false information about the prior intimate relations of women.
RCOG also explained that the hymen is similar to a membrane of blood cells. Bleeding typically happens when having sex for the first time and when it breaks there’s no bleeding afterwards. While the WHO clearly says that the hymen cannot invariably be coupled to sex and virginity testing is a violation of human rights.