Turkey Ends Virginity Tests

In February, Turkey formally eliminated a law that allowed school officials to conduct physical exams on female students to ensure they were still virgins.

The law allowed schools to expel girls who engaged in pre-marital sex, and gave them the authority to conduct physical exams of girls as young as 14 suspected of having sex.

It had not been applied since 1999, however, when a judge ordered a halt to the virginity tests unless required for a criminal inquiry. Unfortunately this judicial decision only came after a horrible tragedy — five girls tried to killed themselves rather than undergo the virginity tests.


Turkey scraps virginity tests. The BBC, February 28, 2002.

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