Indonesia Police Chief Defends Law That Demands ‘Virginity Tests’ For Their Female Recruits

Indonesia Police Chief Defends Law That Demands ‘Virginity Tests’ For Their Female Recruits

Indonesia’s top military commander defended a requirement that female recruits undergo an invasive “virginity test” to determine whether they are morally suited for the armed forces.

His remarks follow a letter from Human Rights Watch condemning the practice.
“So what’s the problem? It’s a good thing, so why criticize it?” Gen. Moeldoko was quoted by The Jakarta Globe as telling reporters on Friday.
Moeldoko “conceded, though, that there was no direct link between a woman being a virgin and her abilities as a member of the armed forces, but insisted that virginity was a gauge of a woman’s
morality — one of the three key traits he said a woman must have to serve in the [Indonesia Armed Forces], along with high academic aptitude and physical strength.”
The virginity test “is a measure of morality. There’s no other way” to determine a person’s morality, Moeldoko said.
According to The Washington Post: “In Indonesia, the test is considered standard practice. Women seeking to join the military are required to strip naked and have their genitalia manually examined by a doctor, purportedly to ensure that they are virgins.”

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