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Georgian Women Protest 'Virginity Inspections'

A Eurasianet partner post from RFE/RL

For many in socially conservative Georgia, a woman's virginity remains a virtue. Virginity tests are another matter, however.

A recent news report on Georgia's Imedi television raised howls of protest when it revealed that Georgia's National Forensics Bureau was performing as many as 200 "virginity inspections" a year.

The report showed a bureau doctor describing the process, in which three medical experts use basic gynecological equipment and a head-mounted lamp to examine young women for telltale breaks in their hymen -- the traditional sign of sexual activity.

Since then, hundreds of Georgians have poured onto social media sites to alternately defend and assail the practice. And on July 30, a group of Georgian women gathered outside the forensics bureau to stage a noisy protest.

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Written by Daisy Sindelar in Prague based on reporting by Nino Tarkhnishvili in Tbilisi. Ana Lomtadze contributed to this report

A Eurasianet partner post from RFE/RL

Georgian Women Protest 'Virginity Inspections'

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