Maharashtra medical panel asks “Virginity Test” to be removed from MBBS course

Maharashtra medical panel asks “Virginity Test” to be removed from MBBS course

Maharashtra University of Health Sciences (MUHS) has proposed to remove the contents of “virginity test” from the curriculum of forensic medicine of MBBS course.

The decision was taken by a paraclinical expert academic board of the Nashik-based MUHS following the appeal made by Dr Indrajith Khandekar, professor of forensic medicine at Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences (MGIMS), Sewagram.

The board has taken the decision in response to the detailed report which was submitted to registrar of MHUS by Dr Khandekar on 26th December 2018.

He stated that the inclusion of “signs of virginity” in medical curriculum has created a wrong impression in the minds of doctors, the general public and communities that virginity test is scientific and a medical one.

Dr Khandekar said some textbooks gives details about “false virgin and true virgin”, but no textbook quotes any scientific literature or study to support their statements or information.

“Hence, there is a need to highlight the unscientific basis of it in medical books,” he said.

He also stressed in his report on how the test violates human rights and leads to gender discrimination.

Virginity is a very personal issue and no one has any right to know whether the other person is virgin or not, he said.

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