INDONESIA -The Prabumulih administration's plan to force high school girls in Prabumulih, South Sumatra, to take a virginity test has drawn criticism from all sides.
Deny Trisna, a guidance and counseling teacher at state senior high school SMA Negeri 3 Prabumulih, questioned the policy.
"If they find female students are no longer a virgin, what will they do?" Deny said, adding that schools should play an active role in preventing promiscuity among students.
Rumours abound that the administration's plan to enforce virginity tests is in response to promiscuous behaviour at Prabujaya Sports Square.
"Recently, the Palembang Police also foiled an attempt to traffic six young women. All of the perpetrators were released, however, because no actual transaction occurred," said Deny.
The Woman Crisis Center (WCC) South Sumatra said the virginity test violated human rights because it was a private matter.
"It's harassment against women. The government should consider the impact of such a test on students," said the centre's chairwoman, Yeni Roslaini.
Ali Usman of the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) Prabumulih-chapter said the council was against the plan because it would have a negative impact on society.
"According to Islamic teachings, it is forbidden to see other people's genitals," he said.