British documentary denounces reconstructive surgeries of the hyman. Pressure on women to test virginity will have risen in pandemic


An investigation by undercover journalists from the British channel ITV examines in detail and provides evidence of the lucrative trade of clinics across the UK that are dedicated to doing virginity tests and hymen reconstruction surgery. Both practices are considered a violation of human rights by the World Health Organization and activists around the world.

Journalist Sahar Zand reveals how, “in the name of honour”, UK women are forced to give proof of their virginity in a single episode of the ITV series Exposure, awarded with BAFTA awards, which will be broadcast this Monday, but which has already stirred up the British media that had access to the material with an embargo on the documentary.

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Despite the condemnation of this practice by health workers and the attempt to make it illegal at an official level, the offer of virginity replacement continues to be a lucrative business for dozens of clinics, private hospitals and pharmacies where surgical intervention to reconstitute the breast is common. hymen.

The director of the NGO Freedom, Aneeta Prem, told ITV that the number of girls and women seeking his support as they are under pressure to test their virginity has increased by 40% since confinement by covid-19. These women “are required to be tested by family members who want them to bleed when they have sex on their wedding night – even though studies show that bleeding is not the norm,” writes The Guardian newspaper.

The bride and groom’s families are getting more demanding, I know who had to present a virginity certificate,” Aneeta Prem tells ITV.

According to The Guardian newspaper, an ITV reporter visited nine pharmacies in central London, posing as an unhappy bride because her mother-in-law demanded a virginity test, and five of them offered to do or give the contact who would do so, and some proposed issuing a certificate.

London, Manchester and Norwich are cities where the program Exposure it found two dozen doctors who currently practice hymen reconstruction surgery in more than 30 private clinics and hospitals. You prices charged range from £2000 to £3000 (about €2400 and €3500).

Diana Nammi, director of the women’s rights organization IKWRO told “Observer”: “Doctors are explore women’s fears and charging fortunes for this harmful practice, which often fails to bleed, putting them at extreme risk of being abused on the basis of ‘honour’ or even death for ‘honour’”. According to Nammi, this is the reason why a strong law that prohibits this practice is needed.


Source: Expresso by expresso.pt.

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