Friday, November 28, 2008

Virginity Tests Discriminate Against Female Students

From Bianet:
Virginity tests are back. Lawyer Yasemin Öz and President of the Education and Science Workers Union (Eğitim-Sen) Zübeyde Kılıç think this practice victimizes the girls and the female students.

A principle of a dormitory forced a father to get a virginity report for her daughter C.G. who is a university student (18 years old) in Avcılar Istanbul. The incident happened when the principle of the dormitory where the said university student was staying called her father and told him that he should come and get her daughter, on the grounds that the reddish marks around her face and neck were obvious signs of a sexual relationship. The father had to come and take two virginity reports for her daughter from two different hospitals. The father said he was going to file a complaint.

A similar incident took place in another private student dormitory in Beşiktaş, Istanbul, when an official from the District Education Board visited the dorm. Thirty girls were picked randomly by the official and asked questions regarding the dormitory, if there were pregnant girls, if they were drinking, getting drunk and yelling on the streets, and if boys were coming to the dormitory.
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