But cultural leaders in the country are pushing back against the ruling , saying it infringes on cultural rights, and that virginity testing is an integral part of Zulu tradition. Renewed debate over the subject of virginity testing erupted in January , when the uThukela district council in KwaZulu-Natal province, eastern South Africa, awarded bursaries to 16 young unmarried women, on condition that they refrain from sex for the duration of their tertiary education and agree to undergo regular testing to prove they are still virgins. Almost 20, pupils have dropped out of school in the past three years. We have tried everything to curb pregnancies.
The Clash Over Virginity Testing in South Africa
Virginity testing in South Africa: re-traditioning the postcolony.
A virginity test is the practice and process of determining whether a person, usually a female, is a virgin ; i. The test typically involves a check for the presence of an intact hymen , on the flawed assumption that it can only be torn as a result of sexual intercourse. Virginity testing is widely considered controversial, both because of its implications for the tested girls and women and because it is viewed as unethical. The process of virginity testing varies by region. In areas where medical doctors are available, the tests would often be given in a doctor's office.
What is the truth about virginity testing
Debating virginity-testing cultural practices in South Africa: a Taylorian reflection. Auwais Rafudeen I ; Lindiwe P. Mkasi Khuzwayo II.
Vincent ru. Umhlanga is a ceremony celebrating virginity. In South Africa, it is practiced, among others, by the Zulu ethnic group who live mainly in the province of KwaZulu Natal. After falling into relative disuse in the Zulu community, the practice of virginity testing made a comeback some 10 years ago at around the time of the country's first democratic election and coinciding with the period when the HIV pandemic began to take hold. In July the South African Parliament passed a new Children's Bill which will prohibit virginity testing of children.