'Virginity tests' in Afghanistan continue despite claimed ban

Human rights NGOs believe up to thousands of women may still be imprisoned in Afghan jails after failing “virginity tests”. This is despite a ban on the intrusive process of examining a woman or girl to see if she has had sexual intercourse.

The BBC reports the process is still “widespread” despite the ban which authorities claim to have imposed.

But a perceived “breakthrough” has been made to end the practice once and for all, according to Marie Stopes International in Afghanistan, as reported by The Guardian.

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