Pakistan court outlaws ‘virginity tests’

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Human rights campaigners have welcomed a decision by a Pakistani court outlawing so-called “virginity tests” in rape examinations.

The ruling, which applies in Punjab province, will end the practice of physical checks for an intact hymen and the invasive “two-finger test”.

The Lahore High Court judge, Ayesha Malik said the tests were “humiliating” and “had no forensic value”.

The ruling followed two petitions filed in Punjab province by rights activists.

Campaigners have long demanded an end to virginity tests as part of the medical evaluation in rape cases, saying they have no scientific basis.