Indonesia’s Military Chief Defends Virginity Tests for Female Recruits

Gen. Moeldoko of Indonesia insisted that the virginity test is „a good thing“ for female recruits in the Indonesian military.
Indonesia’s military chief has defended invasive virginity tests for female recruits as „a good thing“ and the only way to judge their morality. General Moeldoko dismissed international outcry over the tests, which are undertaken to determine whether a woman’s hymen is intact.


„So what’s the problem? It’s a good thing, so why criticize it?“ the Jakarta Globe quoted General Moeldoko as saying.

The general was responding to an international campaign waged by Human Rights Watch, which has denounced the virginity tests as „discriminatory and invasive.“

HRW said recruits to Indonesia’s 500,000-strong military are „required to strip naked and submit to the ‚two-finger‘ test as part of the military medical screening examination.“

„The Indonesian armed forces should recognize that harmful and humiliating ‚virginity tests‘ on women recruits do nothing to strengthen national security,“ the organization’s women’s rights advocacy director, Nisha Varia, said in a statement.

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