Indonesia faces criticism over 'virginity' tests to join the military

Late last year Indonesia faced international condemnation over a Human Rights Watch report that exposed the degrading 'virginity' tests that women were subject to in order to join the national police force. The test subjects a woman to an examination to see whether her hymen is still intact.

Flash forward six months and Indonesia is again at the center of a political storm due to wide ranging reports that females wanting to join the country’s military were subject to the same test.

This week, Indonesia’s Military Chief, General Moeldoko, fanned the flames further by dismissing any international denunciation of the test and reaffirming that a women’s morality, as judged by whether her hymen is intact or not, is a cornerstone, alongside strength and academic achievement, for determining a female applicants suitability for the military.

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