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The Validity of Two Finger Test in India: Is It a Violation of Women's Human Rights?

Journal: International Journal of Forensic Science & Pathology (IJFP) (Vol.06, No. 04)

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Page : 417-419

Keywords : Two Finger Test; Per Vaginal; Sexual Assault; Virginity Test; Rape; Hymen;

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A two finger test or virginity test is the procedure of determining laxity of vaginal wall i.e. whether she had engaged in sexual intercourse. The concept of virginity testing is not new; it has been practiced for thousands of years by cultures all over the world. In many countries like South Africa, Zimbabwe it is performed as a ritual. There is various legislation relating to twofinger test worldwide. The test is performed by a doctor usually on sexual assault victims. In fact, this test is absolutely not necessary, since forensic evidence can be collected without performing the two-finger test. The word “Two finger test” should be abandon because of its negative connotation and we should instead use the more accurate term “per vaginal examination” as it is more scientific.

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