Monday, February 1, 2016

‘Virginity tests’ to prove ISIS abuse !

‘Virginity tests’ to prove ISIS abuse !
New Delhi / Moscow: There is a saying in Kannada ‘Banaleyinda Benkige’ which means fall from hot bowl to fire. This is the situation of Yazidi girls and women who escaped from clutches of ISIS according to the reports from Russia Today network ( 

Having escaped abuse at the hands of Islamic State militants, Yazidi girls and women have been forced to undergo painful “virginity tests” to prove to Iraqi courts that they had been raped, Human Rights Watch has discovered.

A report looking into the post-ISIS fate of Yazidi women in Iraq was posted on the human rights organization’s website by Rothna Begum, a WRD researcher, on last Wednesday, 27th January 2016.

One of them, a girl named Luna, says she was kidnapped by Islamic State (formerly ISIS/ISIL) militants, sold four times, and raped by all of her “owners.”
“Survivors my colleague and I interviewed, described organized rape, sexual slavery, and forced marriage by ISIS,” the report says. The victims described in the report were in need of psychological help, health care, and other services. While officials in Iraqi Kurdistan took their plight seriously, they still forced the girls and women to undergo “virginity tests” to confirm that they had been abused.

“These tests were seen as evidence of rape by Iraqi courts,” Begum wrote.

Virginity exams, which are conducted out of cultural or religious beliefs, are commonly used in many parts of the world, including India, Turkey, Afghanistan, Egypt, Libya, Jordan, Indonesia, and South Africa, says report.

However, such tests have been long been under fire by the World Health Organization, which has pointed out that they can cause pain and psychological harm.  “There is no place for virginity testing; it has no scientific validity,” stresses the WHO.

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