Virginity test of sexual assault survivors’ to be abolished

The provincial health authorities have told the Lahore High Court that the two-finger test (TFT), an old practice of examining sexual assault survivors, has limited evidentiary value and will be abolished from the protocol of medico-legal certificate (MLC) unless necessitated. The test is usually used in Pakistan despite calls for its revocation by healthcare professionals and human rights organisations world over.

A hymen test and a “two-finger test” is performed as a part of medical evaluation of women victims. However, the test is deemed unreliable, unnecessary and has no scientific basis other than being disrespectful, inhuman and violative to fundamental rights of women.

Source: Dawn