In addition, the UN agencies denounce virginity
testing as a violation of the rights of girls and women, which can be detrimental to their physical, psychological and social well-being.
"The entire tradition of the Church has firmly upheld that a woman must have received the gift of virginity
- both physical and spiritual - in order to receive the consecration of virgins," the group said in a statement.
The brook and the water from it, Adeniyi said, is regarded as pure, and should not be visited by a one who has lost her virginity
. He said 'traditionally, Aringiya is a festival celebrated by the whole of Ikare land but it is only young maidens (virgins) from the nucleus of the town that participate in the festival.
Virgin Envy is structured in four parts, taking the reader on a journey beginning with a discussion of the physical aspects of virginity
, including part 1's "Too Much Pain for Such Little Reward" and part 2's "Blood, Blood, Blood...
Those against virginity
tests are "defaming" the Kanjarbhat people, community members said.
Beauty queens quizzed over whether quest to sell teenager's virginity
for [pounds sterling]19,000 was actually 'sex slavery plot'
She also has a simple answer for critics who would question her choice to sell her virginity
like a commodity.
Practicing of virginity
tests is a part of a bigger problem prevalent in Afghanistan.
The young student claimed she had looked into alternative ways of raising cash but as her parents are not rich and Russia does not offer grants to study abroad, came to the conclusion selling her virginity
was the best bet.
She also attributed her decision to her cynical approach on love, adding that she has waited so long to give her virginity
to the right person, but it's never worked out in the past.
McLaughlin's attack on the girl could not sensibly be described as the "loss of the complainant's virginity
in the true sense", he added.