New medical curriculum terms virginity tests as unscientific

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New Delhi: In tune with the changing times the medical curriculum in the country is being updated. A significant change is the move to give less importance to virginity tests.

The MBBS students would now learn about the unscientific, inhuman and discriminatory aspects of the invasive virginity tests including the two-finger test. These have been included in the medical curriculum as the doctors’ attitude in these matters is significant, especially since lower courts, on rare occasions, still rely on such practises while considering cases related to marriage.

Earlier the recommendations in this reagrd were submitted to the National Medical Commission by the Aruna Vanikar Committee that was appointed by the Madras High Court to study about the various problems faced by transgender persons and homosexuals.

Even though the Supreme Court has barred the invasive virginity tests in sexual assault cases, the lower courts still suggest these tests in some divorce cases.  

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