All data generated or analysed during this study are included in this published article and its Additional file 1. So-called virginity testing, also referred to as hymen, two-finger, or per vaginal examination, is the inspection of the female genitalia to assess if the examinee has had or has been habituated to sexual intercourse. This paper is the first systematic review of available evidence on the medical utility of virginity testing by hymen examination and its potential impacts on the examinee. Ten electronic databases and other sources for articles published in English were systematically searched from database inception until January Studies reporting on the medical utility or impact on the examinee of virginity testing were included. Evidence was summarized and assessed via a predesigned data abstraction form. Meta-analysis was not possible.
Are there country-specific drivers of child marriage in this country?
What's the child marriage rate? How big of an issue is child marriage?
Visit our new interactive Atlas! Child marriage is driven by gender inequality and the belief that girls are somehow inferior to boys. In India, child marriage is also driven by:. India has committed to eliminate child, early and forced marriage by in line with target 5. The government did not provide an update on progress towards this target during its Voluntary National Review at the High Level Political Forum. India acceded to the Convention on the Rights of the Child in , which sets a minimum age of marriage of 18, and ratified the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women CEDAW in , which obligates states to ensure free and full consent to marriage. As part of its commitment, India will ensure access to legal remedies for child brides and establish a uniform minimum legal age of marriage of During its Universal Periodic Review , India agreed to consider recommendations to improve enforcement of legal provisions against child marriage. In the CEDAW Committee raised concerns about high school dropout rates among young girls in India, making them particularly vulnerable to child marriage.
Despite all the education and experience, most grooms in India still seek virgin brides, thus deeming chastity as a quality. Sex before marriage among men is fun, but for women it is something which could cost you a lot more than a matrimonial prospect. A Kolkata-based professor is under fire for comparing virgin brides to a sealed bottle of aerated beverages. He comes across as a narrow-minded man, for whom women are as human as a packet of biscuits or a bottle of Cola. His comments show us just why many Indian girls have to hide their pre-marital love life from their life-partners, for their entire lives. Why many live in constant fear of being outed as a polluted or immoral , all because Indian men and culture are obsessed with female chastity.
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