Man skal ha guts for å ha lyst til å bli politikvinne i Indonesia. En menneskerettighetsgruppe har oppdaget at kvinnelige rekrutter blir tvunget til å ha en tofingret jomfrutest. En ydmykende, traumatiserende og vond opplevelse.
While female recruits are also expected to be single and not marry until they have been in the force for a few years, Indonesia’s national police website claims they must also undergo virginity tests in addition to general medical and physical examinations, with the added warning: “So all women who want to become policewomen should keep their virginity.”
Indonesia er verdens mest folkerike muslimske stat.
“Entering the virginity test examination room was really upsetting,” one interviewee said. “I feared that after they performed the test I would not be a virgin anymore. They inserted two fingers with gel … it really hurt. My friend even fainted.”
Selv om kvinnene ofte klager til sine overordnede om praksisen, og den ble lovet fjernet i 2010, så har den fortsatt. En pensjonert politikvinne sa hele hennes klasse med 1.965 rekrutter hadde måttet gjennomføre testen.
“So-called virginity tests are discriminatory and a form of gender-based violence – not a measure of women’s eligibility for a career in the police,” said Nisha Varia, associate women’s rights director at Human Rights Watch. “This pernicious practice not only keeps able women out of the police, but deprives all Indonesians of a police force with the most genuinely qualified officers.”
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