Indonesian Police Under Fire For Conducting ‘Virginity Tests’ On Female Recruits

Joe Evans

Indonesian police patrol cars are arrive at Wijayapura port, which is the entrance gate to Nusakambangan prison as Indonesia prepare for third round of drug executions on July 27, 2016 in Cilacap, Central Java, Indonesia. According to reports, Indonesia is likely to resume executions of 14 prisoners on death row this week. Fourteen prisoners, including inmates from Nigeria, Pakistan, India, South Africa, and four Indonesians, have been moved to isolation holding cells at Nusa Kambangan, off Central Java.

Aspiring female police officers in Indonesia were subjected to “virginity tests,” what is sometimes referred to as the “two-finger test,” as part of the police’s “morality or physical examination,” according to ABC News.

The tests are not recorded or listed as a requirement for becoming part of the police, they are still administered throughout the country, according to reports.

The test, as its name suggests, involves inserting two fingers into a woman’s vagina to see if her hymen is still intact — in an effort to determine whether one is a virgin or not — a method that has long been proven unreliable and incredibly invasive.

According to Andreas Harsono of Humans Rights Watch, the practice is justified by Indonesian police because they feel Indonesian society would not accept a female officer who potentially has an active sex life.

“The logic is that they only want good girls to be police officers,” he said.

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