Female applicants to the Indonesian military must pass a “two-finger” virginity test, a practice that has drawn condemnation from human rights groups. Indonesia’s coordinating minister for politics, law, and security Tedjo Edh confirmed the practice to CNN last year. The test involves physicians placing two fingers inside an applicant to ensure their hymen is intact.
Human Rights Watch have asked military physicians attending a conference in Bali to urge Indonesian President Joko Widodo to abolish the practice.
Human Rights Watch women’s rights advocacy director Nisha Varia described the practice as humiliating.
“The Indonesian armed forces should recognise that harmful and humiliating ‘virginity tests’ on women recruits does nothing to strengthen national security,” she said.
“President Joko Widodo should set the military straight and immediately abolish the requirement and prevent all military hospitals from administering it.”
Female applicants to the Indonesian military must pass a “two-finger” virginity test, a practice that has drawn condemnation from human rights groups.
Fairfax quoted Indonesian military spokesman Major-General Fuad Basya as saying the test were done in order to get the best people both physically and mentally.
He said applicants would have to offer an explanation if their hymen was no longer intact. “If it is due to an accident we can still consider it but if it’s due to another reason, well, we cannot accept her,” he told Fairfax.