Indonesia: Army, Navy, and Air Force to Terminate Invasive and Traumatizing “Virginity Tests”
Friday, April 22, 2022 4:10 PM

Major General Sudirman, spokesman for the Indonesian Armed Forces, announced an end to the use of “virginity tests” for recruiting women. Human Rights Watch first reported in 2014 that women joining the police and armed forces, as part of a gynecological physical exam, were subjected to an invasive “two-finger test” to supposedly determine if their hymen was intact. In 2021, the Army Chief General announced a decision to end the procedure, but reports suggest that the Navy and Air Force ignored the order and that the practice persists.

Compiled from: Andreas Harsono, Indonesia Military Finally Ends Abusive ‘Virginity Test,’ Human Rights Watch (April 19 2022).